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Bhubaneswar: In yet another remark on the “Hindi imposition” debate, senior BJD leader and Dhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy on Tuesday questioned Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over his selection of languages while writing letters to parliamentarians.
Satpathy took the social media route to point out Tomar’s letter “written in English” to Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who also belongs to Odisha. “How come Hon’ble Shri Tomar writes to colleague in English? And to me in Hindi knowing I am Oriya. Fun or agenda?”, Satpathy tweeted.
How come Hon'ble Shri Tomar writes to colleague in English? And to me in Hindi knowing I am Oriya. Fun or agenda?
– TS pic.twitter.com/f7B2MMAeZL
— Tathagata Satpathy (@SatpathyLive) August 22, 2017
Satpathy reacted sharply against Tomar, as the latter criticised the former in funny words this morning.
“In future, I will definitely take note of BJD MP’s views whether to write a letter to the Parliamentarians from Odisha in Odia or Hindi. But can Satapathy ji ask his leader Naveen Patnaik to communicate in Odia language, who has been the Chief Minister of Odisha for 17 years”, Tomar told media persons this morning.
Another Union Minister Prakash Javedekar also joined the verbal row over the language issue.
“It would have been better if Satpathy 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.
The language controversy began on Friday when Satpathy 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, Satpathy also sent a letter to the Union minister asking him to communicate either in Odia or English instead of using Hindi.
On August 11, Tomar had written a letter to Satpathy in Hindi, inviting him to attend a district-level event on the ‘India 2022’ vision.