Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday took a jibe at BJD MP from Dhenkanal Tathagata Satpathy, over his reply in Odia to Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s Hindi letter, asking him to first write a letter in Odia to the non-Odia speaking Chief Minister of the state.
Javadekar, who arrived in Odisha to attend the convocation of Sri Sri University and party executive meet, said; “It would have been better if he wrote in Odia to Naveen Patnaik, who cannot speak his state language even after being the Chief Minister of the state for 17 long years,” Javadekar told media persons here today.
The language controversy began on Friday when Tomar wrote to Satpathy in Hindi inviting him to a programme and the Dhenkanal MP gave a reply by writing back in Odia expressing his inability to understand the minister’s Hindi letter.
Tathagata on Friday had tweeted on Tomar’s letter “Why are Union Ministers forcing Hindi on non Hindi speaking Indians? Is this an attack on other languages?”
Satpathy had further pointed out “I would also like to state that our state Odisha falls in the ‘C’ category so kindly send us letter in English or Odia.”