Palaniswami puts an end to talks regarding second capital for Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has put an end to all discussions regarding a second capital for the state by asserting that it was not on the agenda of his government.

Talking to reporters at Dharmapuri on Thursday, August 20, the chief minister said that all talks about another capital for the state were views of the individuals and not that of the government. His answer came in response to a specific question by a reporter who asked what his reply was, to the various discussions on the second capital city in Tamil Nadu.

According to News Minute, the speculations started when state Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said that his home city Madurai be declared as the second capital city of Tamil Nadu. He was backed by Cooperatives minister Sellur K Raju, who also hails from the Temple city.

The AIADMK workers in the district took the idea to the next sage by passing a resolution urging the Chief Minister and the party leadership to form a committee and analyse the possibilities of making two capitals for Tamil Nadu a reality.

However, the people in Trichy resisted the Madurai move and suggested their city as the second capital of Tamil Nadu. The proposal had the strong backing of Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, who said that the capital status for Trichy was the dream of AIADMK founder MGR.

Vellamandi Natarajan is the MLA representing Trichy East Assembly constituency. Soon, political leaders across party lines and leaders from other groups like the Cauvery Delta Farmers Association came forward to express their opinions on the matter, batting for Trichy to be declared the second capital city, the News Minute report said.

The proposal for a second capital for Tamil Nadu drew inspiration from Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress party, which has already initiated a process for creating three capitals for the state following the bifurcation of the undivided state.

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