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Foundation stone laid for memorial

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Ondiveeran was Commander-in-Chief of Poolithevan



IN HONOUR:Minister for Information and Public Relations Parithi Ilamvazhuthi laying the foundation stone for freedom fighter Ondiveeran memorial at Palayamkottai on Tuesday.

TIRUNELVELI: Minister for Information and Public Relations Parithi Ilamvazhuthi laid the foundation stone for freedom fighter Ondiveeran memorial at Palayamkottai on Tuesday.

The memorial, to come up with an extent of 1,840 square feet on 63.38 cents opposite the district court complex on the Palayamkottai-Tuticorin National Highway on an outlay of Rs.49 lakh, will have Rs.5-lakh life-size statue of Ondiveeran, Commander-in-Chief of Nerkattaanseval's then ruler Poolithevan.

Recalling the valiant battle jointly waged by Ondiveeran and Poolithevan against the British with scantily-armed 2,000-odd personnel, Mr. Parithi said the duo could win the war in their favour against the mightily fortified British Army since their only objective was to ensure the freedom of the land.

“Memorials for Thamizhisai Moovar at Sirkaazhi, Subramania Siva at Dharmapuri, Vaanchinathan at Shencottah, Omandur Ramasamy Reddiar at Villupuram are being established to honour those great sons of Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Parithi noted.

Secretary, Department of Information and Public Relations, R. Sivakumar, while lauding the role of Tirunelveli in the freedom struggle, said the battle waged by Ondiveeran against the British regime in 1776 set the right tone for the Vellore mutiny that took place in 1804.

Collector M. Jayaraman said that construction of Vaanchinathan memorial at Shencottah was going on as per schedule.

Ministers T.P.M. Mohideen Khan and Poongothai Aladi Aruna, Tirunelveli MP S.S. Ramasubbu, Mayor A.L. Subramanian, MLAs M. Appavu, H. Vasanthakumar, P. Veldurai, V. Karuppasamy Pandian and N. Maalairaja, Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam and others spoke on the occasion.

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