Coimbatore: With an eye on the assembly elections scheduled next year, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday demanded that Tamil be made an official language of the Union Government.
“Tamil should be made one of the official languages of the Union Government. Tamil should be made the official language of the Madras High Court,” said Karunanidhi.
Speaking at the International Tamil Conference in Coimbatore, Karunanidhi also demanded that Tamil language speakers be given priority in government jobs over natives of other states.
“Government job priorities should be given to people who know Tamil,” he added.
Though the International Tamil Conference venue was meant for projecting Tamil power, the ruling DMK seems to have made it its political vehicle. Clearly, ahead of the next year’s assembly polls, the DMK chief wants to reiterate his position as the champion of the Tamil language.
But the Conference, organised at a cost of over Rs 400 crore, has invited criticism even within Tamil Nadu with the opposition AIADMK even boycotting the entire event.
However, this didn’t deter Karunanidhi from announcing various sops for the Tamils.
“We are also setting up a Rs 100 crore corpus fund for the development and research of the Tamil language and we will set up a heritage botanical garden based on Sangam literature,” he announced.