'Statue unveiling has opened up hearts of people of 2 states'

Striking a personal chord, the 86-year-old Karunanidhi described the 67-year-old Yeddyurappa as his 'thambi' (younger brother) and said the "two brothers" had set a precedent by unveiling the statue.

"The two brothers have set a precedent. There is no politics in this. Chief Ministers of other states should emulate this," the DMK chief said.

"We are not unveiling statues, but opening up hearts of people of the two states," he said.
The unveiling was a message that "we are one," he said and thanked Yeddyurappa for helping him fulfill his 18-year-old vow to not to participate in any functions in Bangalore, including those of his own party, till the Tiruvalluvar statue saw the light of day.

In a reciprocal gesture, Kannada saint poet Sarvajna's statue will be unveiled in Chennai on August 13.

The 'statue diplomacy' is being seen as an effort by the two states to mend ties amidst water-sharing disputes over Cauvery and the Hogenakkal.

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