Marathi should be an optional language for students in UP, says BJP leader


Maharashtra BJP leader Kripashankar Singh wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stating a proposal to offer Marathi as an optional language in the state.

The development comes at a time when the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been opposing job opportunities for “outsiders” in the state.

In a letter to the CM, Singh had requested the inclusion of Marathi as an optional language for secondary and higher secondary students in UP. The letter also opines that it might help students in getting better jobs in Maharashtra.

“As you know, for the past 50 years I am staying in Maharashtra and maintaining relationship in Uttar Pradesh especially in Poorvanchal…During this tenure of 50 years, I noticed that when students come to Maharashtra, they face a number of problems due to no knowledge of Marathi language. Not only this but there are many vacancies of state government or corporations that require knowledge of Marathi language,” he explained.

However, if reports are to be believed, the CM’s office has agreed in principle with the suggestion and a pilot project may be rolled out in Varanasi.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Kishori Pednekar lashed out at the BJP leader stating it as political stunt ahead of the elections. BJP has been opposing the decision to make Marathi the bone of contention in Maharashtra, she added.

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