CHENNAI: AIADMK coordinator and former chief minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday urged the DMK government to take steps for proper maintenance of the statutes of freedom fighters and leaders in the State.
"The statutes of freedom fighters in Tamil Nadu are poorly maintained," the AIADMK leader said in a statement.
Stating that it was sad to note that the statute of freedom fighter V O Chidambaram Pillai was not maintained properly at Ottapidaram in Tuticorin district, Panneerselvam said: "Likewise, it was also reported that several statutes across the state were poorly maintained."
The deputy opposition leader of the House pointed out that a nine-feet statute of late and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who brought Tamil Nadu to the number one state in the country by implementing several welfare measures, was erected at Kamarajar Salai in Chennai. "However, as maintenance was not carried out properly, grasses grew around the statue," he said adding that even decorative lights were not working.
He said though the AIADMK had requested the Chief Minister to maintain Jayalalithaa's statute properly, there was no action taken till now. "Chief Minister Stalin should immediately intervene in the issue and maintain the statute of the leaders properly," he added.