DMK slams BJPs “Hindi dominance sentiments”

DMK President M K Stalin on Fridaylashed out at what he called the Centres “Hindi dominancesentiment” after two MPs from Tamil Nadu said they receivedofficial communications from Union Ministers in that language.

On his Twitter handle, Stalin tagged the posts of hispartys Rajya Sabha member P Wilson and that of CPI (M) LokSabha member Su Venkatesan, where they said they receivedreplies from Home Minister Amit Shah and his colleagueNityanand Rai, respectively, in Hindi on different issues.

“Central Ministries that reply in Hindi to Tamil NaduMPs Wilson and Venkatesan; responded in English after beingcondemned,” he said.

He wondered if the Official Languages Act was beingfollowed.

“I condemn this Hindi dominance sentiment of the BJPgovernment,” Stalin added.

In his tweet, Wilson said when Stalin had asked all DMKMPs to write to Shah on the 7.5 per cent quota for governmentschool students in medical education, “Honble Ministeracknowledged my letter in Hindhi which I was unable to readand understand.” “At my request, the Honble Home Minister sent me hisreply in English. I therefore request Honble Parliamentaryaffairs minister @JoshiPralhad to inform all concerned tocommunicate to us in Tamil or English in future,” he said.

Venkatesan, CPI (M) MP from Madurai, said MoS (Home) Raihad written to him in Hindi while replying to a communication.

The language issue has been raised by the DMK severaltimes in recent months with the Dravidian party accusing theCentre of seeking to impose Hindi.

Earlier, DMK MP Kanimozhi had accused a CISF personnel atthe airport here of mocking her for not knowing Hindi.

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