Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karnunanidhi released the book Aayiram
Paadalgal, a collection of 1,000 poems by poet Vairamuthu. He
surprised everyone by skipping a special dinner hosted by Governor
S S Barnala for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Raj Bhawan
Speaking at the occasion, CM said that he could not receive PM
as he wanted to attend Vairamuthu's book launch function. The
respect for Tamil and Vairamuthu made him to skip the dinner, added
He also recalled the incident occurred in 1991, where his
government was dismissed for voicing support for Srilankan Tamils.
During that time, Vairamuthu wrote a poem on the death of democracy
referring to the then situation of the state.
Many noted celebrities like superstars Rajinikanth, Kamal
Hassan, musician AR Rahman, directors K Balachander, Shankar and
others graced the occasion.