DMK chief M Karunanidhi had taken exception to the term, saying it was a conspiracy to belittle the Tamil language and society. PMK, a BJP ally in Tamil Nadu, had called it a discreet attempt to impose Sanskrit.Read: Teachers' Day can't be Guru Utsav, say BJP's TN alliesThe Left too came out against the move saying BJP was using subtle ways of promoting its Hindutva agenda.
Irani said her ministry had sent a representation to all states about the Guru Utsav essay contest. States like West Bengal voiced dissent over the entire programme. The schedule of the PM’s speech — from 3 pm to 4.45 pm, well after regular school hours — has also come under attack from Congress and other parties.