"Peak Of Political Vendetta": AIADMK On Change Of Tamil Nadu Day Date

Reversing the previous AIADMK government's decision, Chief Minister MK Stalin had on Saturday said Tamil Nadu's Formation Day will henceforth be celebrated on July 18, and not on November 1.

'Peak Of Political Vendetta': AIADMK On Change Of Tamil Nadu Day Date

AIADMK also urged Chief Minister MK Stalin to withdraw his government's decision. (File)

Chennai:

The opposition AIADMK on Sunday slammed Chief Minister M K Stalin's announcement on changing the Tamil Nadu Day from November 1 to July 18, saying it smacked of ''political vendetta'' and dubbed it as an ''unsuitable move''.

Reversing the previous AIADMK government's decision, Mr Stalin had on Saturday said the state's Formation Day will henceforth be celebrated on July 18, in lines with the rechristening of its name to the present one on that day and not on November 1. A government order will be issued soon for this purpose, he had said.

Following the Linguistic Reorganisation of states, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala came into existence from the then Madras state on November 1, 1956.

AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam said a child's birthday falls on the day it is born and not when it is given a name, referring to the ruling DMK's decision to alter the state's formation day in lines with it getting the present name, i.e. Tamil Nadu.

Incidentally, though late chief minister CN Annadurai piloted an Assembly resolution on July 18, 1967 to rename Tamil Nadu from Madras State, it became a reality two years later, after the proposal went through the Parliament and the then central government issuing a notification on the name change in 1968, saying it would come into effect from January 14, 1969.

"Going by the chief minister's reasoning, only 14-01-1969 should be celebrated as Tamil Nadu day. A child's birthday should be celebrated on the day it is born ....," the former Chief Minister said in a party statement.

Mr Panneerselvam further said the birthday of a child, even if its name is officially changed 10 years after being born, is celebrated on the day of its birth and not the one in which the name change happened.

A building is also assumed to have been established on the day it is inaugurated and not when it was cleared at a proposal level, he added.

"Similarly, the birthday of the child called Madras state which was born on November 1, 1956 with the present landscape, which was decided to be renamed as Tamil Nadu in 1967 and one which happened in 1969, is still Novmber 1, 1956."

"So the announcement on celebrating Tamil Nadu on July 18 will not be suitable by any means. It amounts to saying the state was born 11 years later than it did and is an attempt at rewriting history.... is the peak of political vendetta," he added.

Mr Panneerselvam cited the other states carved out of then Madras state celebrating their respective formation days on November 1 and urged Mr Stalin to withdraw his government's decision to observe Tamil Nadu day on July 18.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

.