Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, in a tweet on Wednesday, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include Tamil as the third optional language for students in states, but deleted it four hours later.
EPS tweeted from his personal account, “Request Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji to include Tamil as an optional language for study in other states. This will be a great service to one of the most ancient languages of the world.”
Palaniswami’s tweet immediately drew a sharp response from Opposition parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.
Only a few days ago, the issue of “Hindi imposition” by the Central government, in its draft National Education Policy, led to all-round condemnation, forcing the Centre to drop the clause that sought to make teaching Hindi mandatory in all schools as part of the three-language formula.
Earlier in the day, opposition Dravida Munntera Kazhagam president MK Stalin demanded that Tamil be made the official language in all central government offices in the state.
“We should take a vow on this day to make Tamil an official language in central government offices,” he told reporters in the city after paying homage to former IUML president Quaid-e-Millat on his 124th birth anniversary.
The DMK will continue to extend support to this cause, he added. Reiterating that the government had been following the line adopted by C.N. Annadurai, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa on the language issue, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said the CM’s tweet was withdrawn as it was being politicised “unnecessarily”.