DMK chief M K Stalin denied claims that his party surrendered to the Centre by putting off a protest against "Hindi imposition," saying it cannot be cowed down and remained firm on its stand. A day after putting off the September 20 protest, Stalin said the decision was taken after considering state Governor Banwarilal Purohit's assurance that Hindi will not be imposed and Home Minister Amit Shah's clarification that he has been wrongly understood on the issue.
Addressing a memorial meet here in honour of DMK veteran S A M Hussein, he said sections of media had projected as if the party had surrendered to the Centre. He said the Governor's assurance to him during a meeting at Raj Bhavan was reflected in Shah's explanation as well. Only after taking into account the Minister's response, "we believed and accepted it," he said. The decision to postpone the protest was, however, not a "wholehearted move," but taken in the backdrop of the reassurance of Shah and Purohit, he underscored.