Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko once again voiced out again on Hindi imposition on Monday (July 15) and objected to the use of the language in Parliament.

Speaking to media, Vaiko said, “Let them (BJP MPs) speak in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Why do they have to speak in Hindi in the Parliament? From Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, all used to deliver their address only in English. Only the present Prime Minister is a Hindi fanatic. English should be used in the Parliament.”

Vaiko further went on to say that the standard of debates has dropped to a new low because of the language Hindi, and claimed that all the MPs are seen “shouting” in Hindi in the Parliament.

During the early years of Parliament – both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha – the debates were of higher standards. In the past, there were great leaders and in 70’s also there were good leaders: Vaiko
Speaking to Times Now, he said, “Let them speak (Hindi) in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Why (do) they have to speak in Hindi in Parliament? From Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee (PMs) used to deliver their addresses only in English. Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a Hindi fanatic. English should be used in Parliament.”

Vaiko further said that the standard of debates has come down because of insistence upon the usage of Hindi as the language of communication in Parliament, adding that it is being used to draw a wedge between the people of India.