Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been continuously demanding the names of places written in Hindi on milestones along the National Highways crossing northern parts of Tamil Nadu to be reversed to English.
Capitulating to the demands of these political parties, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has started replacing the names of places written on NH 75 and NH 77 from Hindi to English. The English markings on milestones have been seen on the national highway spanning between Vellore New Stand and Katpadi Railway Station on National Highway 75.
Subsequent to NHAI replaced English scripts with Hindi on milestones along NH75 and NH77 traversing from Krishnagiri, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore, locals and political parties in Tamil Nadu had been severely criticizing the move. They called it the Union Government’s move to impose Hindi on the state and even warned that this decision “with an ulterior motive would rekindle the 1960s anti-Hindi stir”.
DMK leader, M K Stalin, had said that the party would conduct state-wide protests if Center made any attempts to impose Hindi in Tamil Nadu in any way. MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK leader S Ramadoss had also presented their intense disapproval against the move by NHAI.
Tamilians and Kannadigas also expressed a lot of rage on the issue over social media.
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Some milestones near Millenium Plaza and Odai Pillayar on NH 75 bearing Hindi script had also been defaced by a group of anonymous people last week.
Realizing the tension over the issue, NHAI issued orders to replace the new Hindi script with English, which could very well be seen in Vellore. The Hindi script on milestones between Vellore in Tamil Nadu and Bantval in Karnataka have been replaced with English.