On the second day of the oath taking ceremony, BJP MPs chanted Jai Shri Ram and Vande Mataram while many ministers were taking oath. Few MPs, interestingly responded with chants like Jai Bhim, Jai Mai Kali, Allahu Akbar and Constitution Zindabad.
Voices of dissent came from Tamil Nadu too, as always, where most MPs, irrespective of their political parties ended their oaths with ‘Tamizh Vazhga’ (Long Live Tamil). There were also chants of ‘Periyar Vazhga’, meaning ‘Long Live Periyar’ as a tribute to the social activist who is known as the father of Dravidian movement.
Shortly after, #தமிழ்_வாழ்க (#LongLiveTamil) began trending on Twitter.
CPI(M) MP Su Venkatesan ended his oath with ‘Long Live Tamil, Long Live Marxism’. One Twitter user thanked Tamilians for “keeping this country as diverse as it is”.
Tamil MPs raised Tamil slogans after taking oaths.— Sankar Das (@mallucomrade) June 18, 2019
In this video CPIM MP Su Venkatesan can be seen concluding with 'Tamizh Vazhga, Marxism Vazhga' (long live Tamil, Marxism)while sanghis shouted Jai Sriram
Thank you Tamilans for keeping this country as diverse as it is.❤️?? pic.twitter.com/47Sf2W83Ad
Twitter users from Tamil Nadu said they are proud of the language, no matter how many slogans are yelled in Hindi.
So happily watched our each and every MP taking oath in Tamil and sangis crying in Hindi??#தமிழ்_வாழ்க— Deepak Ganesan (@ganesan_deepak) June 18, 2019
One Twitter user put out a drawing where Periyar is depicted as the teacher and DMK leaders K Stalin, Karunanidhi and CN Annadurai as his disciples. The blackboard has words like ‘self respect’, ‘women’s respect’, ‘equality’ written on it.
“Show me a community in India which comes together with no organisation and only for the pride of their language,” said another Twitter user. “And BJP thinks saying Jai Shree ram when saying Tamil Vazhga will benefit them,” she added.
#தமிழ்_வாழ்க top India trending— پربھا (@deepsealioness) June 18, 2019
Show me a community in India which comes together with no organisation and only for the pride of their language! And bjp thinks Saying Jai Shree ram when saying Tamil Vazhga Will benefit them? Not with us sanghis #வாழ்கதமிழ்_வாழ்கபெரியார் pic.twitter.com/aY4Ww0cTMz
Some explained to the non-Tamil speakers what the hashtag meant.
For the understanding of non-Tamils, #தமிழ்_வாழ்க means “Long Live Tamil”.— வேடிக்கை பார்ப்பவன் (@GuruTamill) June 18, 2019
The MPs from TN raised this slogan in parliament to glorify our pride language.
Obviously the BJP Sanghi MPs don’t like this slogan and raised the meaningless JaiShriRam slogan in return.#தமிழ்_வாழ்க
Why does the BJP get irritated when Tamil Nadu says ‘Long Live Tamil’, asked Twitter. “When you have Right to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Jai Sriram’, then why don't we have the right to say ‘Vazhga Tamil’ (sic)”, asked one Twitter user.
@narendramodi Why Do BJP MP's get irritated when Tamilnadu MP's takes their Oath in Tamil and says 'Praise Tamil' , "Praise Periyar".— Hemanth Annadurai (@HemanthMsa) June 18, 2019
When you have Right to say "Bharat Mata ki Jai" "Jai Sriram" then y don't we have Right to say "#VazhgaTamil" "#VazhgaPeriyar
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