Karunanidhi unveils Thiruvalluvar statue in Bangalore
Bangalore: The unveiling of the statue of poet-saint Thiruvalluvar near Ulsoor by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in the presence of his Karnataka counterpart Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa went off peacefully on Sunday amidst a large turnout.
Mr. Karunanidhi said the unveiling of Thiruvalluvar’s statue and that of Sarvajana in Chennai on August 13 “is a fine example of cooperation between States in India.” “We have created avenues for cooperation between the two States,” he remarked.
“This is more than the mere unveiling of statues,” he said. “Sarvajana belonged to a depressed community and his work reflected his progressive ideals.” “That is why he finds a place in the hearts of the people of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Karunanidhi remarked.
Stressing the need for deliberation to solve problems, the Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa said: “In the times to come, solution to all disputes and problem could be found through deliberation across the country.”
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that there has been a sea of goodwill between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the past several centuries.The unveiling of the Thiruvalluvar statue in Bangalore and Sarvajna statue in Chennai was the result of this goodwill. He said: “It is my dream that the people of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka should share a peaceful relationship. These (Thiruvalluvar and Sarvajna) statues are not just two bronze statues, but are the symbols of the bonding of hearts.”
Referring to the respect that the two scholars had for farmers, he said that scholars spoke highly about the contribution of the farmers to the society.
“All farmers, irrespective of their language, should get water to their crop. Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments should make sure that the crops do not perish for want of water. Thiruvalluvar and Sarvajna’s words should guide us in every walk of life,” the CM said.
Earlier, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Siddaramaiah said that this event should become a precursor to all outstanding inter-State disputes and maintain unity of the country.
Among those present included Mr. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayaluammal, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja, a host of ministers from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, poets, and writers. An estimated 30,000 people from across the State turned out at the RBNMS grounds in Ulsoor, to witness the unveiling ceremony.