Tamilnadu today celebrates its Formation Day. A series of events were being organised to celebrate the day. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has allotted Rs 10 lakh for celebrations. Interestingly Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala already observe 1st November as formation day.
A few days ago, State Tamil Language and Culture Minister Mafoi Pandiarajan and people from various quarters demanded for special celebrations. The demand to rechristen the state as Tamil Nadu was spearheaded by Tamil scholar and Gandhian, K Sankaralinganar, who died after a 75-day indefinite fast in October 1956.
Annadurai, who assumed power in 1967, ensured the passage of the bill in the state assembly and secured parliamentary nod for the same.
Tamil nationalist leaders like Pazha Nedumaran have accused the Dravidian parties for not celebrating the day because their dream of ‘Dravida Nadu’ has turned futile. Earlier this year, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced in the assembly that November 1 will be observed as Tamil Nadu Day.
A conference of Tamil scholars and award-winners and traditional and cultural programmes will be organised at Kalaivanar Arangam on Wallajah Salai.