Speaking at the ceremony in Kannada, Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa said, "The people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu bear witness to this friendly gesture made by the two state governments. This event is signifies a bridge of friendship "
The Chief Minister shared with the gathering that when the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi called his 'Thambi' (brother in Tamil), he felt the affection of a real brother.
He went on to quote from the saint-poet's Vachanas and explain the versatile and still relevant meaning hidden in his literature. Taking excerpts from various poets the Chief Minister delivered an inspiring speech on how we are all Indians first and only then comes our state identities.
This step comes amid decades of fights between the two states over the Cavery water issue among others.
When the BJP government decided to unveil the statue of the Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar in Bangalore, it faced opposition from pro-kannada organisations like Karnataka Rakshana Vedhike (KRV).
However, on Aug 9 the unveiling ceremony went on unhindered as the city police took precautions by taking the protesting groups' members into protective custody following a High Court order.
Chennai, however, did not see any protests against unveiling of a Kannada poet.