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Respect people's sensitivities: Governor

B. Kolappan
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Advice to film-makers in his customary address to Assembly

Governor K. Rosaiah on Friday asked film-makers to show due respect to the sensitivities of the people.

He made this observation in his customary address to the Assembly. The statement assumed significance in the backdrop of the controversy surrounding ‘Vishwaroopam.’

Referring to the ban imposed on the film ‘Dam 999,’ the Governor commended Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her “firmness,” “resolve and timely intervention” to ban the release of sensitive films that had the potential to disturb peace.

Mr. Rosaiah said under the “sagacious leadership” of Ms. Jayalalithaa, law and order had been well maintained in the State, making it a “haven of peace and tranquillity.”

“This government will not spare anybody who tries to whip up communal passions. Land grabbers, anti-social elements and organisations that threaten public order have been severely dealt with,” he said.

On the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, which found a prominent place in the Governor’s address, Mr. Rosaiah said: “The rehabilitation measures taken up by Sri Lankan government to resettle the displaced Tamil people and assuage their feelings are not proceeding as expected.”

Recalling the resolution adopted by the Assembly in June 2011, he urged the Union government to initiate steps by working with other nations for an economic embargo on Sri Lanka till Tamils living in camps were resettled in their own places and allowed to live with dignity, self-respect and equal constitutional rights on a par with the Sinhalese.

Award

Stating that the New Year Day of the Tamil almanac, restored by the present government to the first day of Chithirai month, would be celebrated in a grand manner this year too, the Governor said two awards, Kambar Virudhu for the best scholar propagating the ideals of Kamba Ramayanam and Sollin Selvar Virudhu for the best Tamil literary orator, would be given this year.

The second volume of the Vision 2023, detailing the entire list of projects “that will launch the State on its chosen road to become the numero uno in the country,” would be released soon.

Earlier, even as the Governor started addressing the House, DMK floor leader M.K. Stalin and Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K. Krishnasamy sought to make a few points and subsequently led a walkout of their party members. Their remarks were lost in thumping of desks by the treasury benches.

Later speaking to reporters, Mr. Stalin found fault with the government for its approach towards the issues of power shortage and suicide of 17 farmers in the Cauvery delta.

Dr. Krishnasamy contended that even as Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss was travelling across the State and making speeches that could disturb social amity, the government remained indifferent.

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