An advertisement by the Tamil Nadu state government has left people in fits of laughter.
The two-minute advertisement shows a young woman in a wheelchair reaching a temple. The girl, who is the beneficiary of a government job, asks the priest to perform archanai in the name of Sami.
When the priest asks which Sami, she says, “To me, the god is our Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The archanai is in his name.” At these words, a large section of the audience in the theatre guffawed in surprise and amusement.
The government commissioned ad has left the Chief Minister as the butt of jokes in the state. And it has of course led to some sami-level memes and jokes on the internet.
Many feel that the advertisement is an attempt to accord a God-like status to CM E Palaniswami similar to that of former CM Jayalalithaa and MG Ramachandran.
Reacting to the ad, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran said, ” Since they are in power now, they are doing whatever they want. People are watching each and everything.”