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Language issue being used to serve vested interest: RSS chief

india Updated: Nov 22, 2009 22:13 IST

Hitting out at the recent violence over language during oath-taking ceremony in Maharashtra, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said some politicians to serve their vested interests were conveniently using the issue.

It was surprising that while there were no objections raised over some legislators taking oath in English, members of a political outfit had chosen to raise objections over the use of Hindi, the country's national language, Bhagwat said at a public meet here.

He was referring to the attack on Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi by MNS members in Maharashtra assembly for taking oath in Hindi earlier this month. MNS had insisted that all members take oath in Marathi.

"What kind of politics is this?" he asked.

Mumbai and other metro cities have always been facing problems in finding employment for its local people, but the question is "whether the issue of local employment and regional language barriers is more important than the country's unity".

He said all languages were Indian and hence there was no question of fighting over the issue.

Lauding the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he said the recent step of installing statues of great poets of the neighbouring states was a significant initiative towards breaking the barriers of language.