TN government to construct memorial for Karunanidhi at a cost of 39 crore

Chief Minister MK Stalin announced that the memorial will be constructed on a 2.21-acres land.

Chief Minister M K Stalin, on Tuesday, announced that the state government will construct a memorial for former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, at the cost of Rs 39 crore near the memorial of former Chief Minister C N Annadurai.

“To appreciate the works of Karunanidhi and to take his achievements and thoughts to the future generations a memorial will be constructed at an area of 2.21 acres at the cost of Rs 39 crore near Anna memorial. The memorial will have modern pictures to describe the works of Karunanidhi”, said Stalin, in a resolution introduced under section 110 of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Rules.

While introducing the first announcement under section 110 of Tamil Nadu Assembly Rules after coming to power, Stalin described the history of Karunanidhi in a chronological order starting from his birth to death. Describing the social reformative schemes and legislations introduced by Karunanidhi as Chief Minister, Stalin said that Karunanidhi born in Thirukuvalai village had the dream of constructing Tamil Nadu and was the architect of modern Tamil Nadu.

Following Stalin’s address, leaders of various parties appreciated Stalin for the announcement and recollected memories of Karunanidhi. Former deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that he heartily welcomed the announcement and asked Stalin to ensure that all the details of Karunanidhi are present in the memorial. He also said that both DMK and AIADMK learnt lessons under Anna.

Panneerselvam further said that his father was an ardent fan of Karunanidhi and dialogues of movies Parasakthi and Manohara were always with him and recollected the memories that they too used to read the dialogues and memorize them.

Speaker M Appavu, in his address, said that Karunanidhi had the qualities of listening to every member of the assembly and wanted opposition party MLAs to speak a lot. “Karunanidhi is responsible for what I am today”, said Appavu.