Didi doesn’t name Mulayam,flays demand to ban English in House

Yadav had Sunday said that MPs should be banned from making speeches in English in Parliament.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: November 19, 2013 7:30 am

Trinamool Congress Monday criticised SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for seeking a ban on making speeches in English in Parliament saying such comments are “worrying” even as party chief Mamata Banerjee said she loves and respects all languages.

“I love and respect all languages —- be it local,regional,national or international,” Mamata said in a Facebook post,without naming the Samajwadi Party chief.

Stating that people used their mother tongue most of the time,the TMC supremo said,“at the same time one uses so many other languages also.”

Earlier,TMC spokesperson and Chief Whip of the party in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien had said,“The anti-English comments in politics is worrying. It represents disconnect with energies of new India and today’s youth.”

Stating that English was important for jobs and the modern economy,O’Brien said,“We in Bengal suffered for decades due to Left Front government’s ban on English teaching at primary education level.”

In her Facebook post,the Chief Minister further said,“Whenever we meet people from other countries we make efforts to use their languages also a bit.”

Saying that her mother tongue is Bengali,Mamata said that she also speaks English,Hindi,Urdu and understood a bit of Punjabi,Gujarati,Marathi,Nepali,Oriya,Assamese,Bhojpuri,Maithili and Kannada.

Stating that language is a means of communication and sharing one’s views,Banerjee said,“I do respect all languages and such a respect unifies a region,a state and the entire world as one large family.”

Yadav had Sunday said that MPs should be banned from making speeches in English in Parliament.

“There should be a ban on English address in Parliament. Countries which use their mother tongue are more developed. It’s the need of the hour to promote Hindi,” he had said.

“The leaders of the country have double character as far as Hindi is concerned. They ask for vote in Hindi but give address in Parliament in English. This should be stopped,” he had said,clarifying that he was not against English language per se.

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