The Madras High Court dismissed a petition opposing the removal of a statue of BR Ambedkar in Ranipet district. Justice SM Subramaniam had ordered the state administration to find statues of several political figures and individuals across the state and shift them to 'Leader Park'.
Though the government is yet to respond to the directive, community leaders and officials have expressed concern over the court's decision. However, Tiruchi district has 152 idols, including 35 of former CM MG Ramachandran, 29 of Periyar, 20 of Kamarajar and 17 of Mahatma Gandhi. Tamizanathan, a VCK official, had a similar message that the presence of an Ambedkar statue in a colony gives residents a sense of security and power.
They are extremely important to people's lives, and their removal would have devastating effects. The government will take a careful decision on this. Meanwhile, there was speculation recently that the statue of Mutharaiyur at Bharathidasan Salai would be shifted to make way for the development of an overhead walkway. Many Mutharayur organizations became angry, and they started large-scale demonstrations in the city.