“Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if “I am an Indian” when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi,” Kanimozhi said on her official Twitter account.
Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if “I am an Indian” when I asked her to speak to me in tamil or Englis… https://t.co/wcHticKtdG
— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) 1596961623000
The incident took a political turn after BJP leader B L Santhosh, reacting to her tweet said “campaign starts” for Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
Assembly elections are 8 months away … Campaign starts . https://t.co/7Be6JgYxVT
— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) 1596975313000
Tamil Nadu assembly election is slated to be held in the first half of next year.
“Assembly elections are eight months away… Campaign starts,” Santhosh, the BJP general secretary (organisation), said on Twitter.
Congress MP Manickam Tagore, who is also from Tamil Nadu lashed out at BJP leader Santhosh and accused him of “arrogance”.
“This arrogance will be costlier Santosh Avere! When @CISFHQrs officers does a mistake & when the force is ready to acknowledge the mistake by a person why you make it as BJP Vs DMK (sic), when someone asks you in Bengaluru airport whether you’re a Indian? What you will do?” Tagore tweeted.
@blsanthosh This arrogance will be costlier Santosh Avere ! When @CISFHQrs officers does a mistake & when the force… https://t.co/xXHFmalJKK
— Manickam Tagore MP🇮🇳✋மாணிக்கம் தாகூர் (@manickamtagore) 1596975512000
Meanwhile, the Central Industrial Security Force sought details from Kanimozhi soon after and ordered an enquiry asserting that it is not its policy to insist upon any particular language.
“Warm greetings from @CISFHQrs. We sincerely acknowledge your unpleasant experience. Kindly DM journey details; name of airport, location, date, and time of the incident for appropriate action in the matter,” the CISF tweeted.
@KanimozhiDMK The CISF has ordered an Enquiry into the matter. It is not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language.
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) 1596972648000
The MP replied saying “Thank you for the immediate response and assurance to take action.”
Thank you for the immediate response and assurance to take action. https://t.co/DaYdeBZhFD
— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) 1596977634000
Kanimozhi is the member of Parliament from Thoothukkudi in Tamil Nadu.