Chennai, March 1 -- Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday rebutted Rahul Gandhi's campaign on Tamil identity by taking a jibe on his maternal Italian roots.

"They're talking about Tamil culture. In our National Education Policy, we have brought in measures where elementary learning will happen in Tamil, regional languages and foreign languages can't thrive. What connection does Congress have with foreign languages? Congress has to think Tamil or Italian," Shah said in his Vijay Sankalp rally in Villupuram district.

Shah and Gandhi were both campaigning in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Gandhi has been consistently campaigning against the RSS-BJP combine as disrespecting the Tamil language, culture and people, which he reiterated in his speeche...