Opposition leaders DMK president M K Stalin and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan have thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for opposing the three-language policy of the Centre.
Stalin welcomed the state government’s stand. “I thank the chief minister for opposing the three-language formula in the new education policy,” Stalin tweeted.
“Not just the language issue, the chief minister must also oppose the new education policy. Several party leaders have opposed it,” he tweeted further.
The three-language formula in the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is “painful and saddening”, said Palaniswami, as he vowed not to implement the new policy.
Palaniswami listed the consistent stand by late Chief Ministers Anna Durai, MGR and Jayalalithaa to express against imposition of Hindi and urged Prime Minister Modi to “reconsider” the three-language policy.
“The Centre should accept the overall view of the people of Tamil Nadu in this regard and reconsider its stand on the three-language policy. I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow the states to implement their own language policy according to their views,” the Chief Minister said in a statement after an hour-long meeting with senior ministers and officials on the NEP.
“The people of Tamil Nadu and most political parties including the AIADMK wish that the two-language policy should be in force in the state. As such, it is saddening to note that the NEP has stressed on a three-language policy,” Palaniswami said.