A remark by DMK member Dayanidhi Maran that Sanskrit is a dead language caused an uproar in Lok Sabha on Monday with Ministers taking exception to it and demanding his apology.
Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur immediately sprung to his feet to demand that the remarks against Sanskrit should be expunged and that the member should apologise.
He said that while he had no problems with Maran’s demand for support to Tamil language, he felt the remarks against Sanskrit were unwarranted. He was supported by BJP members, including Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Chaubey.
In his speech, Maran attacked the Budget saying the new personal income tax sops announced in it would discourage savings. He said the Finance Minister has claimed that the tax returns could be filed at the click of a button, but the reality is an assessee has to pay the auditor huge fees to get the work done.
Referring to the Aadhaar-Pan link, he said, the government has a huge data base with it, especially in the form of Aadhaar and the Citizenship Amendment Act along with NPR and NRC was only an attempt to divide the country.
“DMK president MK Stalin has initiated a campaign collecting two crore signatures against the CAA and the government should wake up from the slumber and stop trying to divide the country,” he added.
The DMK member accused the government of targeting actor Vijay, who was recently raided by the Income Tax Department, while actor Rajinikanth was given a relief of Rs 1 crore.