Tamil Nadu government’s unveiling of the memorial statue of Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan on October 1, may have come with some distress. The statue constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.8 crore is made to commemorate the birth anniversary of the legendary actor. Hower, CM Edappadi K Palanisamy’s absence from the event has raised some questions, especially from the son of the late actor, Prabhu.
Prabhu, who himself is a veteran actor of the industry, wrote a letter to Sellur K Raju, the I&B minister of Tamil Nadu, requesting the presence of the Chief Minister and all the ministers, MLAs and MPs at the unveiling ceremony of the legend’s statue.
“To Respected Minister of I&B. Tamilnadu
Honourable Minister Sir, Appa’s memorial was the dream project of Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Jayalalithaa. If she was alive, she would have presided over the ceremony and done justice to our legendary father Nadigar Thilagam’s athma. We are happy that the TN government is unveiling the memorial of our father Sivaji Ganesan, but, at the same time, we are disappointed that our CM or Deputy CM are not attending the opening. He has done so much for Tamil culture and the Tamil language through his films. We request the CM and deputy CM to attend the event.”