Even as the power tussle between O Paneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami continues, DMK has taken up anti-Hindi agitation once again. With the state reeling under a political crisis, DMK's working president MK Stalin has called people of Tamil Nadu to fight for the state language Tamil.
In a video released, Stalin said, "By forcing Hindi onto its citizens from primary school students to Parliament, the BJP government is betraying all non-Hindi speaking residents of the county including future generations."
Stalin pointed to the attempts by the DMK to make ministers address in Hindi in Parliament and to have Hindi signboards in the milestones. Stalin lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the sentiments of non Hindi residents. He warned that DMK has the history of fighting anti-Hindi battles and laying down their lives for the language. Stalin warned the central government not to pave way for another anti-Hindi agitation.
The language war has always played an important role in vote bank politics in Tamil Nadu. DMK's active role in anti-Hindi agitation in 1965 had led the party to win elections in the state. The ongoing OPS versus EPS saga has probably made the DMK take an issue that's close to the heart of people, opine some political analysts.
Though Stalin has launched direct attack on the central government, AIADMK feels this is nothing but a political move to whip up the passion of people in Tamil Nadu which only recently saw the agitations for jallikattu.
KC Palanisamy of the OPS faction of AIADMK said, "From the time of MGR, it was MGR versus Karunanidhi then Amma versus Karunanidhi. Now there is a leadership vacuum in the state. So DMK wants to create a situation that it is DMK versus BJP. Even BJP is trying to use the situation. But AIADMK will soon unite."
However, DMK has rubbished this. DMK spokesperson Saravanan said "DMK need not regain ground in the state of Tamil Nadu because we are the only party people are looking at. But imposition of Hindi is close to our heart. We are guarding the cultural identity with our lives."