CHENNAI: The Centre's decision to remove Pongal from its list of compulsory holidays to optional holidays triggered sharp reactions from all political parties in the state. While AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala expressed her shock over the decision, the DMK announced an agitation against the Centre's move on Wednesday. The DMK agitation will be led by party working president M K Stalin near Valluvar Kottam in Chennai.
In a statement, Sasikala said it was the duty of the Centre to respect the sentiments of Tamils and declare Pongal as a compulsory holiday . "The rights of Tamils were established due to the efforts taken by the former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. On the same lines, Tamil Nadu expects the Centre to fulfill its expectations," she said.