The recent policies of BJP’s one nation one language, board exams for Class 5 and Class 8 and NEXT have created a dissent within the AIADMK.
AIADMK Ministers D Jayakumar, KA Sengottaiyan and KT Rajenthira Bhalaji who had played devil’s advocate by supporting the BJP on earlier issues are now distancing themselves from the saffron ideologies. Minister Rajenthira Bhalaji on Wednesday told reporters that the ruling AIADMK will protect the interests of Tamils and emphasised that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is a Tamilian who will protect and fight for the rights of Tamils.
After facing backlash and the public sentiments going against the state, School Education Minister Sengottaiyan, who mooted the Centre’s proposal for the conducting of board exams for Class 5 and Class 8 has now stated that the status quo in TN schools will continue for the next three years.
Similarly, Fisheries Minister Jayakumar, who regularly briefs the media also faced a volley of questions from the scribes on why there was no official response from the ruling AIADMK leaders when other state leaders were responding to the controversial statement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the use of Hindi. To this, Minister Jayakumar concluded the controversy by stating that the AIADMK will follow the footsteps of the late AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa and MGR distancing itself from the ally BJP.
The other relief for the AIADMK and the opposition DMK that breathes on the pro Tamil propaganda came on Wednesday with the BJP leader Amit Shah stating that his message on Hindi as a national language was misconstrued by the opposition parties.