Chennai: DMK Lok Sabha Member Kanimozhi has spotted 'yet another' instance of Hindi being imposed on the people of Tamil Nadu, this time through the Hindi boards fixed in the state government buses.
"There is no place for Tamil in the new buses purchased with taxes paid by the Tamil Nadu people. I condemn the AIADMK government for competing with the Centre in the imposition of Hindi", tweeted the poet-politician. She also posted a picture of the Hindi sticker alongside the English one announcing the 'Emergency Exit'.
The DMK leader's tweet got heavily trolled with some twitterati slamming her party's duplicity on the language front-a few referred to the alleged discouragement of Tamil in a school run by a prominent member of the DMK's First Family and one smart tweet had the picture of the TN Assembly election poster in Hindi used in the campaign of DMK candidate Sekar Babu in a part of north Chennai dominated by north Indian families in May 2016.
Meanwhile, the state transport department quickly came out with a clarification, supported by photographs of the announcement labels in Tamil and English, stuck in multiple portions of the buses, explaining that only one bus run by the state express road transport corporation, which was acquired from a neighbouring state, had the 'emergency exit' stickers in English and Hindi, while the rest of the several buses of the multiple state transport corporations had their announcement stickers in Tamil and English.
And as soon as the Hindi sticker was noticed, it was replaced with a Tamil sticker at the emergency exit and that was done before the bus was let out for public transportation, said the transport department clarification....