DMK, allies, walkout over Postal exams
The Tamil Nadu assembly strongly debated on the issue of Postal department’s competitive examinations conducted in Hindi and English, leading to DMK move in protest. Congress and IUML, the DMK allies, also walked out opposing the Centre’s language policy. Debating DMK MLA Thangam Thennarasu demeaned that a special discussion should be conducted in which resolution should be taken asking the Centre to restore the state’s rights.
“The May 16 notification of the postal department on the examinations suggested it will be set in Hindi, English and all regional languages. But, it was revised on July 11, after the BJP-led government assumed charge, omitting the regional languages. This is a deliberate attempt to prevent the candidates from southern states joining the Central services.”
CM O Pannerselvam and Senior Minister D Jayakumar reply to that the issue would be raised by the AIADMK in Parliament, and the next course of action would depend on the response of Centre. “The Tamil Nadu government follows in the same boat on the issue,” Jayakumar said. The CM said “we have 100% anti-Hindi sentiments. We will resolve the issue,” Palaniswami said. Last out the DMK entering to the Assembly only to the walkout. Taking offence to this, Durai Murugan and party legislators walked out. Later, C Ve Shanmugam said Madras High Court has already granted interim stay on the release of the result of the total department exams and no worry to pass a resolution against the Centre.