The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday distanced itself from the BJP’s campaign stating Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar was a saint and a Hindu poet.
Responding to media queries related to Thiruvalluvar controversies over the past two days, Jayakumar said that the iconic poet should be kept away from unwanted controversies. Those who had defaced the Thiruvalluvar statue will be booked and they will be produced before the court of law.
Thiruvalluvar is a globally celebrated philosopher, restricting him to a religion or an ethnic group will undermine the classical contribution by the great poet. Considering its literary value and its preaching on humanity, foreign countries have translated Thirukkural into their languages. Anyone who reads the couplets of Thirukkural will lead their life by examples and will not be the cause for controversies, Jayakumar said taking a veiled attack on the opposition DMK and the BJP.
It may be noted that BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao tweeted, “Thiruvalluvar was a saint, not a DMK leader. He lived for universal values which are applicable for entire humanity & never favoured sectarian values. @mkstalin must desist from a narrow interpretation of Saint Thiruvalluvar. DMK always betrayed Tamilians in last few decades for power.” Muralidhar Rao statement triggered a backlash from the DMK.
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“Tamil Nadu is one of the very few states which have not yielded to the gimmicks of political parties. It is sad, the statue of Thiruvalluvar was recently defaced by cow dung and the offenders yet to be traced. It will be better for all the political parties to stay away from Thiruvalluvar,” opined civic activist Aarani C Sreenivasan.