DMK slams Sena, says South not narrow-minded

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Karunanidhi pooh-poohs Sena's stand
Chennai, Feb 3: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi used the ongoing conflict over Shiv Sena's 'Mumbai for Marathis' campaign to nullify the common perception that people of south India were 'anti-Hindi'.

In what comes as a first reaction to the issue from south India, Karunanidi said that Sena's contention has no takers even in Maharashtra.

"Even in Maharashtra there is no support for his (Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's) views," he said.

The senior DMK leader rejected the percived 'anti-Hindi' stand of the South saying, "There is no political party in the region which has a narrow view to drive out people speaking other than the respective regional languages."

Interestingly, DMK is known for its gumptious 'anti-Hindi' campaign, which peaked in 1960s. Even though the campaign has been repressed now, the language is still not taught in schools.

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