VIZHUPPURAM: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday apologised to people for not speaking Tamil language.
Addressing a Vijay Sankalp Rally in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, Shah said, “I am sad that I cannot talk to you in Tamil that is one of the oldest and sweetest languages of India, I seek your forgiveness.”
“Earlier, all announcements at railway stations in Tamil Nadu used to be in English. Now, the announcements are made in Tamil. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made this change,” he said.
The home minister ridiculed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for ‘hypocrisy’ of witnessing jallikattu and praising the sport, reminding that the Congress-led UPA promised to ban it in their manifesto in 2016.
“People of Tamil Nadu should not forget the hypocrisy of Congress party on the issue of Jallikattu. While Rahul Gandhi went to enjoy Jallikattu, their manifesto in 2016 promised to stop it. Modi government at the centre issued notification to continue it,” he said.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
The term of the fifteenth legislative assembly in Tamil Nadu is ending on May 2, 2021. As many as 6,28,23,749 electors will choose candidates for the sixteenth legislative assembly in Tamil Nadu.
(With agency inputs)