Mumbai: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader, on Saturday, pitched for “one country, one language”. He said Hindi is the language of common people all over the country. Raut said that Union minister Amit Shah should accept the challenge that there should be one language in all the states.
His statement comes over a month after Shah said that Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not to local languages, a statement that was vociferously opposed by several prominent political leaders in southern states, who said foisting Hindi on people was not acceptable, and also called it a part of an agenda to weaken the regional languages.
Raut’s comment came in response to a question about Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Ponmudy a day earlier, criticising any attempts at alleged imposition of Hindi and questioning claims that learning the language would fetch jobs.
Taking a dig at those who insist jobs will be available for those who learn Hindi, the Tamil Nadu minister also asked who is selling ‘pani puri’ in Coimbatore now, an obvious reference to the predominantly Hindi-speaking vendors involved in the trade.
Asked about the Tamil Nadu minister’s remark, Raut said his party has always respected Hindi.
“Whenever I get an opportunity in the house, I speak in Hindi. Because the country should listen to what I want to say. It is a national language of the country. He said Hindi is the only language that has “acceptability” and is spoken in the entire country.
The chief spokesperson of the Sena further said Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s rally, scheduled to be held later in the day, will be “historic and revolutionary”.
He added that the entire country is “excited” to know what stand Thackeray will take during the public rally, the first of the party in the last two-and-a-half years.
“Some people want to vitiate the atmosphere in Maharashtra, want to defame the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and want to destabilise the state (government). “Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will give a befitting reply to all this,” he added.
Answering a question, Raut also said that Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray was, is, and will remain the only ‘Hinduhridaysamrat’ (emperor of Hindu hearts).
Raut said the Grand Old Party should lift itself from another question relating to the Congress’s party brainstorming session in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. “Only then the country can expect a change,” he added.