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Stalin hails late V P Singh as ‘revolutionary leader’

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CHENNAI, June 25 (PTI): Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK President M K Stalin on Sunday paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister V P Singh on his birth anniversary, calling him a “revolutionary leader” who championed the cause of social justice.

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Further, a statue for the former Prime Minister proposed to be installed by the state government will come up inside the premises of the famous city-based Presidency College, an official release said. Stalin had made an announcement in this connection in April.

Singh and late DMK chief M Karunanidhi shared a common goal of empowering the underprivileged, the chief minister said in a social media post.

“On the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister V P Singh, I pay homage to a revolutionary leader who was steadfast in his commitment to uplift the backward classes. He fearlessly championed the cause of social justice, emboldening everyone to assert that ReservationIsOurRight,” he tweeted.

“The legacy of Thiru V P Singh intertwines with the spirit of our leader Thalaivar Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) as they shared a common goal of empowering the underprivileged. May his thoughts continue to guide us towards a brighter and more equitable future,” he added.

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The chief minister also shared an old picture of Singh and Karunanidhi.

Later, a government statement said the proposed life-size statue for Singh will be a “grand” one.

It will be installed in the Presidency College campus, heeding pleas by the institute’s alumni association and the teaching fraternity, it said.

The release pointed out at Singh implementing the 27 per cent OBC reservation in government jobs, based on the Mandal Commission recommendation and fondly recalled the late leader’s affinity for Tamil Nadu and its stalwarts – the late E V R Periyar and Karunanidhi.

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On April 20, the chief minister had announced installing a statue for Singh in the city.

The statue would be a tribute to the “custodian of social justice” for his contribution, as well as for his creation of the Cauvery Water Tribunal during his tenure as PM of the National Front government and for naming the international airport here after late chief minister C N Annadurai and the domestic terminal after another former CM K Kamaraj at the time, Stalin had then said.

“The statue is also meant to express Tamil society’s gratitude to him,” the chief minister had said.

 

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