Govt to provide police protection to Thevar statue

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Chennai, Apr 23 (UNI) After intense debate and noisy scenes, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today assured that round-the-clock police protection would be provided to the statue of freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar at Madurai, desecration of which triggered violence and tension there.

Replying to a special call attention motion on the desecration of the statue at Madurai on April 21, he said policemen would be deployed on security duty near the statue and they would ensure that no one would be allowed near the statue.

Regretting the incident, Mr Karunanidhi said it was found that a mentally-retarded person had defaced the statue.

Observing that the statue of Thevar was installed in several parts of the state, he said some miscreants, without knowing the value of the statue and high qualities of the leaders, were indulging in such acts.

He said the government was taking all steps to prevent such incidents in future.

Mr Karunanidhi paid rich tributes to Thevar and described him as a man of simplicity, who donated all his properties to the poor.

''Late Chief Ministers C N Annadurai and K Kamaraj had great regards for him,'' he added.

Earlier, the House witnessed noisy scenes when the Opposition AIADMK objected to Leader of the House and Finance Minister K Anbazhagan suggesting that one member could speak on the motion on behalf of all parties, due to time constraints.

As members of all political parties rose to speak, Speaker R Avudaiyappan suggested that the MLA from the constitutency concerned could speak on the issue, triggering protests from the AIADMK.

When the Speaker asked PMK Floor leader G K Mani to talk on the Sri Lankan issue, the AIADMK shouted slogans and insisted on the demand. However, the Speaker sought to put an end to the issue by stating that he would allow them to speak later.

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