Tamil Nadu: Theatre audience roars in laughter as ad makes CM Palaniswami a God

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Tamil Nadu: Theatre audience roars in laughter as ad makes CM Palaniswami a God

The promotional advertisement is seen as an attempt to accord a God-like status to Palaniswami like that of J Jayalalithaa

It is quite common for state governments to have promotional advertisements in theatres. But an advertisement by the Tamil Nadu state government has taken it a notch up, leaving people in fits of laughter.

A viral video shows one such advertisement being played in a theatre in Tamil Nadu. The advertisement depicts Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami as a God. The audience in the theatre had a good laugh as the advertisement played.

The state government advertisement shows a differently-abled girl making an offering to the Gods in a temple. When the priest asks in whose name the offering is to be made, the lady replies with 'Swami', which means God. And when the priest asks 'which Swami?', the lady replies, "Tamil Nadu chief minister E. Palaniswami".

On hearing the response of the lady, the entire theatre erupts in laughter and boos at the screen. Memes have also taken over the internet making fun of the Tamil Nadu CM.

Many feel that the advertisement is an attempt to accord a God-like status to CM E Palaniswami similar to that of former CM Jayalalithaa and MG Ramachandran. It is said that Palaniswami feels that he does not have his own 'fan base' and is largely seen as living off late Jayalalithaa's legacy.

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