Chennai, May 24 (UNI) The Kannagi Statue, symbolising Tamil women's chastity, removed by the previous AIADMK Goverment in 2001, will be reinstalled on the Marina Beach front on June three.
Announcing this while delivering his customary address to the newly constituted 13th Assembly, Tamil Nadu Governor S S Barnala said the DMK Goverment had initiated works for reinstalling the statue.
''The works have commenced for reinstalling the Kannagi statue on June three at the same site on the Beach Road from where it was removed,'' he added.
Immediately after the DMK-led DPA was voted to power, DMK President M Karunanidhi had announced all efforts would be made to reinstall the statue at Marina.
The AIADMK Government had contended the steel frame, holding the 33-year-old statue, was weakened by exposure to the sun and the saline atmospheric conditions.
On December six, 2001, a lorry dashed against the pedestal leading to its removal. After a hue and cry was raised over its whereabouts, the AIADMK Government said the statue was safe and kept in the Government Museum here.
After Mr Karunanidhi assumed office as Chief Minister, he inspected the statue at the Museum after which works commenced for its reinstallation.
Mr Barnala also announced the DMK Government would urge the Centre to institute classical language awards in the name of Tholkappiar and Thiruvalluvar, besides declaring Tirukkural as a National Book and making Tamil as one of the official languages of the Union.
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