Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed the BJP government at the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well. She also warned that there would be protests if the issue was not decided gracefully.
“Our country is India, which is home to so many religions, cultures, languages, creeds and communities. However, maligning all regions and regional languages is the intention of the government at the Centre. Joint Entrance Exams so long were conducted in English and Hindi languages. Surprisingly, now only Gujarati language has been added. Such a step is not at all praiseworthy,” the Chief Minister tweeted.
As per the JEE 2020 notification, for all “centre cities”, the languages of question papers will be in English and Hindi, but for the “centre cities” in Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the languages would be English, Hindi and Gujarati.
“I love Gujarati language. But, why have other regional languages been ignored? Why injustice is being meted out to them? If Gujarati has to be there, then all regional languages, including Bengali must be there. Unless the issue was decided gracefully, there would be strong protests all around as sentiments of people who speak other regional languages would be deeply hurt due to this injustice,” the Trinamool Congress chief added.
Mamata’s nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee said it was unconstitutional to carry out linguistic discrimination. “Constitution mandates equality for all. Why only options of English, Hindi & Gujarati? JEE (Mains) 2020 must be conducted in all regional languages including Bengali, Oriya, Kannada, Telegu, Tamil, Marathi. Any linguistic discrimination is unconstitutional,” he tweeted.