Unveiling of statues not a bargain on disputes, says Karunanidhi

M Karunanidhi

“The unveiling of statues is not being done as a bargain to solve the water disputes but aimed at good permanent mutual relations. It is being done only with the intention of ensuring friendly relations,” Karunanidhi said on his return here from Bangalore where he unveiled the statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar on Sunday.

In what is seen as statue diplomacy, the Thiruvalluvar statue was unveiled after an 18-year wait due to opposition from Kannada outfits. A statue of Kannada poet Sarvajna will be unveiled by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa here on August 13.

Karunanidhi said the venue for the unveiling ceremony of Sarvajna statue at Ayanavaram here “has been shifted to a nearby location.” The statue will be located at the same place where it is being readied. Only the stage will be erected at a nearby playground.

Karunanidhi visited the site where the statue has been erected and found that the place could not accommodate the huge crowd that was expected to gather during the unveiling ceremony.

On Karnataka’s objection to the Hogennakkal scheme, Karunanidhi hoped that the issue would be resolved “amicably.” The scheme is aimed at providing drinking water to Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. Asked whether he was hopeful of ending the deadlock, Karunanidhi said: “We have to travel towards hope, things will end amicably."

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