Bangalore, Aug 3: The BJP government in Karnataka has finally decided to unveil the statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar on Sunday, Aug 9 in Bangalore despite objections by pro-Kannada organisation.
An all-party meeting was held on Sunday, Aug 2, which was chaired by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, to evolve a consensus on the issue.
"Thiruvalluvar statue would be unveiled in the city on Sunday, Aug 9 and that of the revolutionary Kannada Poet Sarvajna at Chennai on Aug 13," Yeddyurappa said, while promising to protect Karnataka's interests on land, water rights and language issues.
Yeddyurappa also said the statue of the Tamil poet would be unveiled in the presence of his Tamil Nadu counterpart M Karunanidhi.
The Pro-Kannada organisations staged a walk out from the meeting in protest after the government decided to go ahead with the unveiling of the statue. They have called for a Bangalore bandh on Sunday, Aug 9, alleging that the Karnataka government is an 'agent of Tamil Nadu'.