Tamil Nadu CM Stalin rejects allegation on demolition of Pennycuick memorial

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Wednesday told the Assembly that there was no basis for the allegation that the government had plans to construct a Kalaignar Memorial Library on the premises in Madurai, where Colonel John Pennycuick, the architect of Mullaperiyar Dam had lived.

Responding to former minister and AIADMK member Sellur K. Raju, who alleged that the government had decided to demolish the memorial, the Stalin said an erroneous campaign was being carried out, which had now reached the Assembly.

The leaders, in a joint public statement on August 2, said: "We urge the Tamil Nadu government to set up the Kalaignar Library in a place where there are no objections." The leaders had said that Col Pennycuick had even contributed his personal funds towards the construction of Mulllaperiyar dam which has been a source of livelihood for the people in southern Tamil Nadu.

Chief Minster Stalin said Raju had functioned as minister twice and had been elected to the Assembly for the third time and such a baseless allegation would not do any justice to his standing in the House.

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