Sending a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi said, The decision would ruin the dreams of thousands of candidates from Gujarat."
"A candidate will not be able to write the essay in Gujarati or in any other language. He has to now compulsorily write it in English or Hindi," added Modi while urging the PM to reconsider the decision.
The Gujarat CM said that a candidate should be able to write all the papers (except Section-2 of Paper-1 on English comprehension and precis) if he/she has graduated in any of the approved regional languages.
Describing the new rules as a "language bias" against Gujarati, Modi tried to attract Centre's attention to the fact that a large number of students in the state attend Gujarati medium schools, and cannot be as proficient in English or Hindi as they would be in Gujarati.
A large number of candidates from the socially or financially backward classes, including those from tribal communities, belong to this disadvantaged section, whose chances would be spoilt due to the new rules, Modi chided.
Earlier Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa also sent a letter to the PM expressing her concern for the same. Jayalalithaa wrote, "I urge you to intervene in the matter and prevail on the UPSC to reconsider these invidious, unfair and discriminatory changes made in the scheme of the Civil Services Examination."
Modi's counterpart in Tamil Nadu also asserted, "The changes made by the UPSC are invidious, discriminatory and militate against the federal nature of our polity and the Constitutional equality bestowed upon regional languages like Tamil...."
"These changes clearly infringe on the Right to Equality in Public Employment enshrined in Article 16 of the Constitution of India," added the AIADMK supremo in Chennai.