Kanniyakumari, Mar 1 : Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS for attempting to belittle the Tamil language and culture and said it was his (Rahul’s) duty to protect them.
On the last leg of his three-day campaign tour in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu ahead of the April six Assembly elections, he said he wanted to share two things to the people. First, he said the Union government headed by Mr Modi was not giving respect to Tamil language and culture.
It was regrettable that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, instead of putforthing people’s issues, has been acting on the diktats of Mr Modi. Mr Modi and RSS were trying to belittle Tamil language and culture. They were trying to bring in One Nation, One language and One culture, he said and sought to know whether Tamil and Bengali are not Indian languages and Tamil culture is not part of Indian culture. ‘I am there…it is my duty to protect the Tamil language and culture.
It is my duty to protect all languages, culture and religions’, Rahul said. Stating that Tamil Nadu was a guiding state to the entire country, he said late Chief Minister K Kamaraj was the first Indian citizen to introduce the noon meal scheme in schools.
‘Despite experts warning that economy will be hit if the noon meal scheme was implemented, Mr Kamaraj ignored it and went ahead with the scheme. Thanks to the efforts of Mr Kamaraj, this scheme is being implemented not only in Tamil Nadu, but in the entire country’, Mr Rahul said. ‘Credit for this goes to Mr Kamaraj. That is why I said Tamil Nadu is the guiding state for the rest of the country’, he added. Earlier, Mr Rahul, who was given a rousing reception by enthusiastic Congress workers, paid floral tributes at the memorial of former Kanniyakumari MP H Vasanthakumar, who died of corona. Rahul had a good time, enjoyed the rural ambience by having a refreshing Palm fruit, locally called as ‘Nungu’, at Achankulam and also had a tender coconut.
He also interacted with the students, staff and sisters of Carmel Matha Higher Secondary School and with students of St Joseph’s Matric Higher Secondary School.