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Sena ready for business in English

The Shiv Sena has retracted on its Marathi agenda and settled on to take English language along with Marathi in the civic business, reports Sujit Mahamulkar.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 01:22 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

The Shiv Sena has retracted on its Marathi agenda and settled on to take English language along with Marathi in the civic business.

Amid opposition from a section of corporators, Mayor Shubha Raul had passed a proposal in the general body meeting in June last year to conduct all administrative business in the BMC only in Marathi. After six months, the Sena is ready to reintroduce English in the civic administrative business.

The new proposal, moved by civic chief Jairaj Phatak, is pending before the civic group leaders. Their meeting is scheduled next week when it is likely to be taken up for discussion. Raul said: “The proposal has come to us and we have agreed in principle to circulate agenda of various committees in English. I don’t feel anything wrong in it as it was practiced earlier. But we don’t want Hindi at any stage in the civic procedure as it would be new trend.”

Shajia Azmi, Samajwadi Party group leader in the BMC, wrote a letter to Phatak and has demanded to circulate agenda in English language for non-Marathi corporators. She said, “There are some 45 non-Marathi corporators in the city, who do not understand the language well. So we cannot express our views on civic issues.”