A day after BJP hit out at DMK chief M Karunanidhi for criticising the Central government’s “linguistic and cultural chauvinism” in promoting Sanksrit and Hindi, AIADMK today mocked at the nonagenarian leader-led party for using Hindi during elections.
AIADMK mouthpiece “Dr Namadhu MGR” today caricatured Karunanidhi and reproduced his views asking how the Centre could go ahead in promoting Hindi and Sanskrit.
Seeking to mock the party for using Hindi selectively, the caricature had in the backdrop a poster put up by DMK during an election in chaste Hindi.
A cartoon of a DMK worker was also depicted asking Karunanidhi how he “sang a Hindi song” during a previous Lok Sabha poll to seek support for party candidate Dayanidhi Maran, his grand nephew.
Karunanidhi had said on June 10 that BJP regime was “obstinate in thrusting Sanskrit as it is a convenient route towards fundamentalist Hindutva.”
He had cited media reports to say that the Centre may set up a board for Vedic education.
He also referred to introduction of Sanskrit as a third language in CBSE schools and efforts to get Hindi empanelled as an official UN language to buttress his point that Sanskrit and Hindi were being promoted vigorously.
BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan had yesterday hit out at him for criticising the Centre for its move to set up a board of Vedic education and charged him with indulging in politics in the name of language.
She had alleged that Karunanidhi had “ignored” divine Tamil and had demanded to know if it was not a “betrayal” of the Tamil people. She also had asked, “Can you (Karunanidhi) deny that your party posters in Hindi were pasted in areas dominated by North Indians (during polls)? Can you deny this is brazen opportunism?”