Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa today penned a letter to Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, thanking him for his efforts to Thiruvalluvar statue there.
In the letter, she said, “as you are aware, the issue of the installation of the Statue of the revered Tamil Sage Poet Thiruvalluvar at Haridwar had been causing considerable disquiet in Tamil Nadu.
I had also written to the Prime Minister on this issue.
I am grateful that you have responded speedily and positively to the outpouring of sentiments by the people of Tamil Nadu on this sensitive issue.
I am happy to learn that you have arranged for the installation of the statue of Thiruvalluvar in the premises of Mela Bhavan in Haridwar.
On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, I thank you for your prompt and positive action.”
A few days ago, Jayalalithaa wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi, and sought his urgent personal attention in the issue.
She said that an unfortunate controversy has arisen regarding the installation of the statue of Thiruvalluvar at Haridwar. She recalled that Tarun Vijay, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) had proposed the installation of the statue at Haridwar, and he had offered to raise the funds for the purpose.
Stating that the Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam (Thiruvalluvar’s Ganga journey) was flagged off on 18.6.2016 at Kanniyakumari by Pon Radhakrishnan, union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping, she said, it was flagged off in Chennai by governor K Rosaiah in the presence of two state ministers and others.
“The object of the Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam is to show solidarity of the North with the Tamil saint poet