Congress MLA wants Kanyakumari in Kerala

In a faux pas committed, wh­i­le commenting on the ap­p­al­ling power scenario in TN during a protest demonst­ration organised by Makkal Nala Paniyalargal here last week, Congress MLA Vij­a­y­adharani suggested that her constituency voters were justified in demanding mer­ger of Kanyakumari distri­ct, from where she was elec­ted, with neighbouring Ker­ala as people there have only 30 minutes of power outage.

Granddaughter of freed­om fighter and poet ‘Kav­imani’ Desiya Vinayagam Pillai, the debutante MLA, made the remark about st­ate boundary realignment over the power issue.

Describing it as her political inexperience, Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) state secretary Kannan said it is time she read history to understand the amount of bloodshed and kind of str­uggle TN, particularly leaders like Marshal Nesamani, experienced to merge Kan­y­akumari with Tamil Nadu. “If a part of one state is to be merged with another over a electricity issue then the country will witness bo­u­ndary realignment daily,” he remarked faulting her for being indifferent to the NCERT book row involving Nadars who constitute a vast majority in her Vila­vancode constituency.

The advocate-cum-MLA is also learnt to have invited Ke­rala CM Oomen Chandy for an upcoming Christmas ce­lebration in Kanyakum­a­ri.

When asked Vijayadh­ar­a­ni said, “Voters in my const­ituency requested me to lead a protest, demanding the me­rger of Kanyakum­a­ri with Ke­rala. I refused be­cause I hail from a family of Tamil poets. But their dem­a­nd is ju­s­t­ified. Did the people str­u­ggle then only to be in gloom today?” she wondered.

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