Shiv Sena on Sunday asked the Centre to give Marathi the classical language status just the way it did to Tamil in 2004. Speaking on the occasion of ‘Marathi Bhasha Divas’ at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said that he would take his demand to the President and the Prime Minister.
“When APJ Abdul Kalam was the president, the government awarded Tamil the status of classical language. Marathi is rich in its linguistic and its literary values, just like any other language in the world. Along with a delegation of party leaders and MPs I will meet the President and the Prime Minister for our demand,” said Thackeray.
Thackeray also announced that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will construct a Marathi Bhavan in Mumbai.
The Sena leader launched a book called Asmita that explains the use of Marathi in various sectors and a compilation of articles on the language by eminent personalities.
Taking a dig at chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the Sena leader asked him to stop calling the anti-Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) activists outsiders. “Whom are you calling outsiders? Your own party’s president is from outside India; from Italy. You do not mind taking orders from her, but call Indian protesters outsiders,” Thackeray said.
The Sena reiterated its support to the people of Jaitapur. “We all saw yesterday what people of Jaitapur want. They want anything but the project. And we are with the people of Jaitapur. If the government is going to push the project ignoring public opinion, we will oppose it tooth and nail,” Thackeray declared.