''Nothing to do with PIL opposing classical status to Kannada''

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Chennai, Aug 10 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu government today clarified that it has nothing to do with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Madras High Court, opposing classical status to the Kannada language.

An official release here said a senior advocate had filed the PIL, against the Centre's decision to constitute an expert committee to accord classical language status to Kannada language and the state government has nothing to do with the petition.

''The government has nothing to do with either the advocate who filed the petition or with the PIL,'' the release said and condemned reports, in a section of the press that Tamil Nadu was opposing classical language status to Kannada language.

It was regrettable and condemnable that a daily had reported, as if the state government has come in the way of according classical status to Kannada language, the release said.

It was for the Centre to decide on according classical status to a language, based on the recommendation of the expert committee and Tamil Nadu government had no say in this.

The government warned against those who were trying to create a confrontation between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments on this issue.

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