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RaGa Rakes Up Language Row to Attack Modi, Says Tamilians are '2nd-class' Citizens in His 'New India'

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Talking to the media, Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi by accusing him of treating Tamilians as second class citizens.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has once again stirred up a controversy by attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged treatment of the Tamilians in his 'New India'.

Talking to the media, Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi by accusing him of treating Tamilians as second class citizens.

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'His perception of New India is that people of Tamil Nadu should be second-class citizens in this country. There are multiple languages & cultures in this country, we feel all languages, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, English have a state in this country' Rahul Gandhi was quoted telling the ANI.

Launching his party's campaign for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi partnered with big businessmen and was 'selling' everything that belonged to the people. Addressing people from an open van, Gandhi targeted the Prime Minister in his first of the three-day campaign of western Tamil Nadu.

Attacking BJP, he said his party was involved in a fight against a 'particular' ideology that believed that "only one culture, one language, and one idea should rule India." Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "no respect" for the culture, language and people of Tamil Nadu, he alleged.

Modi "thinks that the Tamil people, Tamil language and Tamil culture should be subservient to his ideas, his culture," Gandhi claimed. The Congress leader, who is visiting Tamil Nadu for the second time within 10 days, was accorded a rousing reception by Congress workers at the airport on his arrival from Delhi.

He is set to cover districts including Coimbatore, and Erode, in western parts of the state, popularly known as the 'Kongu' (Tamil name) region. He visited Madurai on January 14 to witness the bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu.'.

first published:January 23, 2021, 12:32 IST
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