Gujarati Text In Marathi Books Spark Row In Maharashtra

Nagpur, Maharashtra: 

The Maharashtra legislature witnessed an uproar on Friday after an opposition member said pages written in Gujarati language were being printed in a Marathi school textbooks for Maharashtra schools.

This is the second time such a goof-up has led to chaos in the Maharashtra legislature this year and sharpened the Marathi-versus-Gujarati debate in the state. Earlier, during the budget session in February-March, copies of Governor C. V. Rao’s address to the House was circulated in Gujarati, after which the Opposition had staged a walkout.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member Sunil Tatkare on Friday took strong objection to two pages in Gujarati being printed in a Class VI geography textbook for the current academic year. This led to a ruckus as other opposition parties joining in and raised slogans against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena.

BJP minister Chandrakant Patil rejected the allegations and claimed no books were printed in Marathi, and that it…

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