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Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday took a dig at BJD MP from Dhenkanal Tathagata Satpathy, who had resorted to a unique way to protest what he called the ‘imposition of Hindi’ by replying in Odia to Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s letter written in Hindi, asking him to first write a letter in Odia to the non-Odia speaking Chief Minister of the state.
Javadekar, who arrived in Odisha to attend the convocation of Sri Sri University and party executive meet, said; “It would have been better if he wrote in Odia to Naveen Patnaik, who cannot speak his mother-tongue and the language of Odisha even after being the Chief Minister of the state for 17 long years,” Javadekar told media persons here today.
Meanwhile, Satpathy has joined issue with the Union minister asking him how did he know what language he communicated in with the Chief Minister. “Couldn’t you ask Hon’ble Sri Javadekar if he has ever seen what language I use while communicating with state authorities?” the Dhenkanal MP said in response to a tweet by Kalinga TV on the Union minister’s jibe.
The language controversy began on Friday when Tathagata tweeted the Union minister’s letter, adding: “Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non-Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages?”
A day after tweeting Tomar’s Hindi letter, Tathagata also posted a photo of his response to Tomar’s letter. He tweeted: “Replied in Oriya to Hon’ble Union Minister Sri Narendra S Tomar expressing inability to comprehend his Hindi letter.”
Replied in Oriya to Hon'ble Union Minister Sri Narendra S Tomar expressing inability to comprehend his Hindi letter.
— Tathagata Satpathy (@SatpathyLive) August 19, 2017
Tomar had written to Tathagata on August 11, inviting him to attend a district-level event on the ‘India 2022’ vision.