All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader M Thambidurai proposed the the Centre to grant special status to all the regional languages and demanded that all the languages should be called national languages. The deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha lamented that he is ‘forced’ to speak either Hindi or English in order to address a meeting in the Lower House.

While addressing Lok Sabha members on Wednesday during a meet called to mark 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, Thambidurai started his speech in Tamil but later reverted to English.

The senior AIADMK leader said that freedom fighters hailing from all languages participated in the independence struggle of Indian and hence, every language should be treated equally.

“Let us pledge to see that all our languages are called national languages and not regional languages. Let us pledge to see that all languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, etc. are recognised as official languages of this country,” the Tamil Nadu MP said.

This demand has come after there’s been a growing dissent among people in southern states towards the widespread use of Hindi in their states.