With Tamil sloganeering dominating the Parliament oath-taking ceremony for over an hour on Tuesday, the MPs from Tamil Nadu have shown that despite being a small army against the mammoth BJP, their voices will be heard loud and clear and that too in their mother-tongue.
Writer and VCK general secretary D Ravikumar hailed Tamil and B R Ambedkar, after greeting the treasury benches in the first row. His party leader and Chidambaram MP Thol Thirumavalavan also praised Periyar and Ambedkar before proclaiming, “Let democracy and equality win.”
MDMK’s Ganeshamoorthy, who won on the DMK symbol stole the thunder, by saying, “Tamil Nadu is my motherland. I will safeguard its rights.”
Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi and Karur Congress MP Jothimani’s “hail Tamil, hail Periyar” and “let Motherland flourish” kept the BJP MPs interested. The saffron brigade responded with “Jai Shree Ram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
A rare moment of support from the BJP MPs came for CPI’s K Subbarayan (Tirupur) and AIADMK’s O P Ravindranath Kumar who said, “Long live secularism, Long live India” and “Vande Matram, Jai Hind” respectively.
The sole AIADMK voice in the Lok Sabha was civil enough to shake hands with Dayanidhi Maran, who, only a moment earlier, hailed, “Tamil, Kalaignar and Periyar.” True to their principle, Left MPs hailed Marxism and appealed for unity of workers across the world after invoking Tamil. There were a few prudent MPs like Gowtham Sigamani, TRVS Ramesh and CN Annadurai who expressed their gratitude to their leaders Karunanidhi and Stalin in the House.
DMK MP (Pollachi) P Shanmugasundaram who punched in the air after proclaiming “hail Tamil” thrice made pro-term speaker Virendra Kumar remind his secretary that whatever is available in the statement of oath will only go on record.