CHENNAI: BJP leader Tarun Vijay met State Governor K Rosaiah on Wednesday evening to invite him for the ‘Thiruvalluvar Ganga Payanam’ – taking the statue of the saint-poet Thiruvalluvar to Haridwar where it will be installed on the banks of Ganga later this month.
The journey will start from Kanyakumari on June 18 and will reach Chennai on June 22, said Tarun Vijay, president of Students and Youth for Thiruvalluvar (SYT).
The BJP MP, whose efforts to popularise the teachings of the revered poet took him closer to the hearts of the Tamils, said he will invite leaders from all parties and ideologies, and people from all sections of the society, especially the youth, to take part in the yatra, which will pass through Karur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Kancheepuram before it reaches Chennai where an abhishekam will be performed.
The 12-foot statue was made by a team of sculptors led by L M P Kumaresan from Koolipatti village in Namakkal district.
Tarun Vijay said that the aim of the payanam is to show solidarity of the North with Thiruvalluvar’s message of equality and to end social discrimination.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Governor Dr K K Paul shall lead the inauguration of the statue.