UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi unveiled former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s statue, at DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, DMK president M K Stalin said “from the soil of Tamil Nadu, I propose the name of Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministerial candidate.”
“In the 5 years of PM Modi’s rule, the country has gone 15 years back. If we give another chance to him, surely the country will go 50 years back. PM Modi is behaving like a king, that’s why we’ve all come together to safeguard democracy and country,” he added.
Sonia Gandhi unveiled the statue in the presence of Stalin, AICC President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (CM) N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy and leaders of various political parties, including CPI(M), MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, D Raja of CPI, Dravidar Kazhagam President K Veeramani, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, TMC President G K Vasan, besides senior leaders of DMK, including General Secretary K Anbazhagan, and its ally, the Congress.
People from several walks of life, including film actors Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Shatrughan Sinha, Vivek, Vaidiveu, Nadigar Sangam President Nasser, actress and Congress Spokesperson Kushboo, prominent industrialists, including N Srinivasan and A C Muthiah, also participated in the statue unveiling function.
In his address, Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre saying he will not allow “destruction” of institutions of the country like the Supreme Court and the Reserve Bank of India.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, accusing them of destroying state institutions and federalism in the country.
Meanwhile, hours before Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were to land in Chennai for the unveiling of the statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the hashtag #GoBackSonia began to trend on Twitter. By 11 am, it was among the top 5 trends.
The hashtag is reminiscent of the one made popular in April earlier this year – several users from Tamil Twitter had tweeted with #GoBackModi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Chennai.