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Hindi-Tamil bhai bhai

The DMK candidate for Erode, NKKP Raja's poll pamphlets in Hindi have caught most by surprise.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 17:14 IST

Is the sun finally rising on the Tamil-Hindi relationship Down South?

The North Indian populace of Erode, near here, would hope so, given that an "anti-Hindi" party has taken to wooing them in Hindi.

The DMK candidate for Erode, NKKP Raja's poll pamphlets in Hindi have caught most by surprise.

The leaflets seek the mandate of the constituency's sizeable North Indi an population engaged mostly in textile and electronic trade.

Some 40 years ago, the DMK had rode the "anti-Hindi" stir to power.

January 25 is still observed as Martyrs' Day in the state in memory of those who laid down their lives during the 1965 agitation.

But despite the DMK's known stand against "imposition of Hindi", Raja's pamphlets have the party's "rising sun" symbol and photos of DMK stalwarts such as former Chief Minister CN Annadurai, DMK president M Karunanidhi and deputy general secretary MK Stalin as well as Raja's own.

Raja is the son of former DMK minister NKK Periyasamy. However, the handbill had to be withdrawn from circulation last week after the AIADMK started capitalising on it.

The local DMK leaders, though, defended the move and claimed their party had only opposed "imposition" of Hindi and not the language itself.

Meanwhile, the North Indian Sangam, comprising people from Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Punjab, has come out with Hindi pamphlets in support of the AIADMK candidate and former mayor T Malaravan in Coimbatore West constituency that is home to nearly 20,000 North Indians.