Demand grows in AIADMK to make Madurai as second capital

Should Tamil Nadu get a second capital? Is capital city Chennai getting congested? The Madurai West district AIADMK has resolved that temple city Madurai should be made second capital of Tamil Nadu and has asked Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisami to decide on the same.

A consultative meeting of the Madurai West district AIADMK was held in Thirumangalam in Madurai on Sunday, with Madurai West district AIADMK chief and minister for revenue, disaster management and IT RB Udayakumar presiding over it.

They said that Tamil Nadu was the second largest state in the country, and its capital was becoming congested, hence Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam should consider a second capital for the state.

For many educated Tamilians, Madurai is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, for its architecture, its temples, its art and its music.

But if the demand by two ministers of the ruling AIADMK is anything to go by, the temple city should become the second, formal capital of the state.

Information Technology and Disaster Management Minister RB Udayakumar, who presided over a meeting on Sunday, said Madurai should become the state’s second capital as it will provide more development opportunities in the southern part of Tamil Nadu.

Cooperation Minister Sellur Raja too backed Udayakumar’s request. Addressing the media in Madurai district, Raju said, “Our leader MG Ramachandran had wished to make Madurai as the second capital of Tamil Nadu. As someone who hails from Madurai, I would want Madurai to be declared as the second capital.”

Meanwhile, leaders from the opposition DMK have said the statements from the two ministers are mere political stunts, while experts are wondering whether the demand is a message to the AIADMK top leadership for more attention to the Madurai cadre.