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Govt will not tolerate linguistic divide: Governor

mumbai Updated: Nov 12, 2009 01:05 IST
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The state government has warned that any attempt to disturb the social equilibrium and communal harmony on the grounds of language would be dealt with firmly.

Addressing a joint session of the State Legislative houses on Wednesday, Governor S.C. Jamir said the state was committed to maintain linguistic as well as social agreement between all sections of the society.

“The government will take steps to protect every one living and working in the state,” Jamir said, highlighting the government’s resolve for giving equal importance to both the natives and migrants.

Jamir’s statement came two days after four Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) legislators assaulted Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Azmi for taking oath in Hindi instead of Marathi.

The incident sparked clashes between the MNS and SP supporters in the city.

The governor’s speech is considered as the government’s official policy on any issue — social or developmental.

Jamir clarified that the policy didn’t mean that the government did not hold Marathi in high esteem.

“Marathi being the language of the state, the government is committed to preserve its glory, prestige and honour. The government will take necessary steps (in this regard).”

Apart from social agenda, the governor said the state was committed to attract an investment (domestic and foreign direct) of Rs 2.5 lakh crore in next five years.

He said the investment would create five lakh jobs.

Jamir also assured people of safety ahead of the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks.