Vaiko should be banned from becoming an MP: Subramanian Swamy
BJP leader slams his comments on Hindi, says he has insulted the language
Maverick BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has slammed Tamil politician and general secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Vaiko for his remarks on Hindi and said he should not be allowed to become a member of the Rajya Sabha. Swamy has sent a letter to Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President and chairman of the Rajya Sabha, in this regard.
On July 14, Vaiko's interview was published in the English daily The Hindu. In it, Vaiko shared his old memories of going to parliament 23 years back. When he was a member of the Rajya Sabha 23 years ago, Bhupesh Gupta, Piloo Mody, former prime minister Vajpayee and deputy prime minister LK Advani were known faces, but now he will be one of the new faces.
Vaiko said that people with profound experience and knowledge in many fields had earlier been elected as members of parliament; but now the quality of the debates was very low. He said that Hindi has lowered the level of debate in Parliament. He said members were now shouting in Hindi.
His comments sparked a furore. Many North Indian political leaders have raised the issue of whether Vaiko was insulting Hindi, and condemned his remarks. Meanwhile, Subramanian Swamy has written to the Vice President that Vaiko's remarks should be brought to the notice of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee, and it should decide whether Vaiko is eligible to be a member of the Rajya Sabha.
"Hindi is not a developed language. The best literary book in Hindi is the railway schedule," Vaiko is alleged to have said, according to Swamy. He had also allegedly said that the Prime Minister should speak only in English, and not propagate Hindi.
Swamy said that Vaiko had violated his oath and that the Parliamentary Ethics Committee should investigate to determine whether he is eligible to become a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Subramanian Swamy also tweeted:
V. Gopal swamy alias Vaiko is a Christian and a Self confessed ideological widow of slain LTTE terrorist chief. His Rajya Sabha entry it seems is to further the Missionary agenda to rubbish Hindu culture and tradition.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) July 16, 2019
[Autotranslated from Tamil]