DMK walks out of TN Assembly over 'Hindi imposition' in postal exams

DMK wanted a resolution passed to put pressure on the Centre to recall the controversial rule. However, the government reportedly ignored them.
DMK walks out of TN Assembly over 'Hindi imposition' in postal exams
DMK walks out of TN Assembly over 'Hindi imposition' in postal exams
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DMK walked out of the TN Legislative Assembly on Monday over Hindi imposition in the postal department’s recruitment exam.

As the Tamil Nadu Assembly session resumed on Monday morning, former DMK minister Thangam Thennarasu called the attention of the House to the postal department examination's latest rule. The rule says that candidates taking the recruitment exam can opt to write only in Hindi or English, and not in any of the regional languages. The exam was reportedly conducted in regional languages until last year.

Replying to Thennarasu in the Assembly, AIADMK minister D Jayakumar said that the state government was also on the same page as the DMK, as far as Hindi imposition is concerned. But when the DMK asked for a resolution to be passed in the Assembly, pressing the Centre to recall the controversial rule, the government reportedly ignored them.

Speaking to the media after walking out of the House, deputy leader of the opposition and DMK treasurer Durai Murugan said that the Chief Minister had insulted the opposition inside the House on Monday. "When we asked for a resolution, they (the government) didn't accept or deny our request. When we asked again as to why a resolution can't be passed if we are all on the same page when it comes to Hindi imposition, the Chief Minister got up from his seat and said that we were raking up issues just to find a reason to walk out of the House, thereby insulting us. So we walked out because he insulted us," he said.

Durai Murugan said that the rule was a part of the Hindi obsession of the ruling BJP. "Even a candidate appearing for exams to become the District Collector is allowed to write in Tamil. This is just a postman’s job, and making knowledge of Hindi mandatory is a part of Hindi obsession," he said.

Adding that the BJP is doing everything it can to introduce Hindi in each and every department, Durai Murugan slammed the party for aiming to make India a country with a single party rule, single religion, single language etc.

Controversy broke out last week when the notification for the postal department's recruitment exam stated that candidates can write answers only in Hindi or English. While leaders like MK Stalin and Villupuram MP D Ravi Kumar condemned the move, a PILhas been filed in the Madras High Court, seeking a stay on publishing of results of the exam which was conducted on Sunday. The court also issued an interim injunction on Saturday ordering the department to not publish the results of Sunday's exam.

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