CHENNAI: Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday paid floral tributes to the statue of veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan, which was moved to the outer side of his memorial in Adyar.
Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Duraimurugan, K N Nehru and E V Velu besides Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri, Stalin paid floral tributes to the portrait and statue of Sivaji Ganesan at his memorial on Deshmukh Road in Adyar.
Originally erected near the state DGP office on Kamarajar Salai during the last DMK regime on July 21, 2006, the statue was shifted to the memorial in Adayar following an order of the Madras High Court.
The veteran actor’s family, his fans and members of the film fraternity made a request to Chief Minister M K Stalin after he took over as the reins of the state in 2021 to shift the statue to the outer side on the campus of the memorial for easy public viewing.
Fulfilling their request, the state government shifted the statue, which was garlanded by the CM and others on the actor’s 95th birth anniversary.
The statue was briefly a talking point in the state politics after the DMK and Congress parties criticized the then AIADMK regime for shifting it from Kamarajar Salai.