Chief minister J Jayalalithaa today sought the immediate intervention of prime minister Narendra Modi over the Thiruvalluvar statue issue.
In her letter to the prime minister, she said, “I write to bring to your urgent personal attention an unfortunate controversy that has arisen regarding the installation of the statue of Thiruvalluvar, the revered sage poet of Tamil Nadu at Haridwar, Uttarakhand. As you may be aware,Thiru Tarun Vijay, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) had proposed the installation of the statue of Thiruvalluvar at Haridwar, and he had offered to raise the funds for the purpose.
The Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam was flagged off on 18.6.2016, at Kanniyakumari by Thiru Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, in the presence of Thiru Tarun Vijay and several other leaders cutting across party lines. The Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam reached Chennai and was flagged off at Chennai on 22.6.2016, by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping and two Ministers of my cabinet who were specifically deputed by me, apart from MPs and other dignitaries representing several Political Parties. The object of the Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam is to show solidarity of the North with the Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar