Former Minister and senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to either learn Odia or quit Odisha.

“It is ironical that a Chief Minister, and the only one in Indian history, who can’t read, write or speak the State’s official language is talking of Odia Swabhiman,” said Mr. Patnaik while referring to the Swabhiman rally of the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Delhi.

“It is astoundingly ironical that a person can’t become a Sarpanch in Odisha without knowing Odia, but he can be an MLA, Minister or even Chief Minister,” Mr. Patnaik observed at a press conference here.

The Congress leader said he had written a letter to Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal asking for an amendment to Article 173 of the Constitution.