BJP appoints president for its Bihar, Rajasthan units
The BJP made its Lok Sabha member Sanjay Jaiswal as party’s Bihar unit’s president, while appointing Satish Poonia, its MLA from Amber assembly segment in Jaipur district as the party’s Rajasthan unit president.
Jaiswal replaces Nityanand Rai, a minister of state in the Union government, as the head of the BJP’s Bihar unit.
Poonia, a seasoned organization man, has been appointed chief of the Rajasthan BJP after the death of state party chief Madan Lal Saini recently.
A BJP statement said the party has also appointed Ajay Kumar as general secretary in charge of its organisation in Uttarakhand.
Amend Constitution to ensure use of Indian languages in SC, high courts: Paswan
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan pitched for all-round promotion of Hindi, saying the Constitution should be amended to ensure the use of Indian languages in the Supreme Court and all high courts of the country.
Speaking to reporters, the Lok Janshakti Party leader said English was meant to serve as the language for official purposes for only 15 years when the Constitution was adopted in 1950 but continues to have the same status while Hindi, which was made an official language, has been ignored.
Language is linked to people’s birth place and surroundings and English has been imposed on Indians, he said.
English should not be mandatory but an optional language in our Supreme Court and high courts, he said, noting that Hindi is presently allowed in only four high courts.
Respect all languages but not at cost of mother tongue: Mamata on Hindi Diwas
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said people should respect all languages and cultures equally but not at the cost of their mother tongues.
Her statement came after Union Home minister Amit Shah pitched for a common language for the country and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the whole country.
Greeting people on the occasion of Hindi Divas, Banerjee tweeted, “My best wishes to all on #HindiDiwas. We should respect all languages and cultures equally. We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language.” She also posted the greetings in another tweet in Hindi.
On Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah pitches for 'One Language' for the country
On Hindi Diwas, Home Minister Amit Shah pitched for Hindi as 'One Language' of the country.
"India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance but it is very important to have a language of the whole country which should become the identity of India in the world," wrote Mr. Shah on Twitter.
"Today, if one language can do the work of tying the country to the door of unity, then it is the most spoken Hindi language," he added.
Mr. Shah appealed to the citizens to increase the use of the mother tongue and Hindi, equating it to realising the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel of one language of the country.
NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale joins BJP
NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of top saffron party leaders, including its president Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, with Shah asserting that the BJP-led alliance will come back to power in the State with three-fourths majority.
Bhosale, who draws his political influence due to his descendance from Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s family, said he agreed with the policies pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will work for Maharashtra as a BJP leader.
The Satara MP has quit his Lok Sabha membership to join the BJP.
(With inputs from Agencies)