At a high time when the ties between Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin have been getting more fragile over the former's controversial remarks and conducts, the DMK has used the prospect of the Pongal occasion to display their dissents to the Governor through the state's traditional kolams or rangolis.
On Sunday- January 15, several DMK leaders had shared kolams that were drawn in front of their houses with the phrase 'Tamil Nadu Vaazhga' (Long Live Tamil Nadu) to show their dissent to the Governor who recently advocated that the state should be called as 'Tamilagam' instead of Tamil Nadu. The DMK leaders have shared their kolams on social media with the hashtag #TamilNaduVaazhga in Tamil.
The kolams were drawn on the occasion of Pongal and the event has come after MK Stalin asked the DMK cadres to draw kolams with the phrase Tamil Nadu Vaazhga. Based on the statement from MK Stalin, senior leaders and ministers including Durai Murugan, Senthil Balaji, and Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi have shared their kolams on Twitter while the trend was rampantly visible with several residents in the state have also drawn such kolams to throw weight behind DMK's dissent.
The kolams have been going viral across and beyond the borders when the Central BJP has been closely watching the developments that unfold in Tamil Nadu after the latest clash between the DMK government and the Governor. The kolams were also drawn in front of the residences of MK Stalin at Alwarpet and late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at Gopalapuram, Chennai.
Sharing the kolam on Twitter, Minister Senthil Balaji wrote, "Celebrating the Pongal by drawing a kolam with the phrase of 'Tamil Nadu Vaazhga' in front of my house based on the order from Honorable Chief Minister Thalapathy (MK Stalin)." The solidarity among the Tamil Nadu people in opposing the Governor's remarks has been strongly sensed for the past few days.
Speaking at an event in Raj Bhavan on January 4, Governor Ravi said that Tamil Nadu should be called 'Tamilagam' and that there has been regressive politics in Tamil Nadu. His speech has sparked a social media trend #TamilNadu and it had attracted a barrage of tweets against the Governor. Recently, MK Stalin has mentioned the Governor as 'one guy' and said, "Today, one guy is groaning against calling the state as Tamil Nadu. No more advertisement for him."
மாண்புமிகு தமிழ்நாடு முதலமைச்சர் தளபதி அவர்களின் ஆணைக்கிணங்க, எனது வீட்டின் வாசலில் 'தமிழ்நாடு வாழ்க' என கோலமிட்டு, தமிழர் திருநாளாம் பொங்கல் திருநாளை கொண்டாடிய போது.. #தமிழ்நாடு_வாழ்க pic.twitter.com/3EhUuOEglj— V.Senthilbalaji (@V_Senthilbalaji) January 15, 2023
மாண்புமிகு தமிழ்நாடு— DMK IT WING (@DMKITwing) January 15, 2023
முதலமைச்சர் திரு @mkstalin
கோரிக்கையை ஏற்று #தமிழ்நாடு_வாழ்க என
கொள்கை கோலமிட்டு #பொங்கல் திருநாளை #தமிழ்நாடு மக்கள்
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