‘Marathi Bhasha Diwas’ — celebrated on February 27 in the honour of Marathi language every year — is all set to become a matter of one upmanship between political rivals Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
Both the parties are planning series of programmes throughout the day that is celebrated on the birth anniversary of legendary Marathi poet Kusumagraj.
MNS legislator Mangesh Sangle, who has organised various programmes including a Marathi play, said: “The day stands for the pride of Maharashtrians. We will spare no effort to make it a grand success.”
Sangle will also be felicitating eminent Marathi literary figures from Vikhroli, the area where he works. The MNS also plans to hold awareness programmes on the shutting down of Marathi schools.
While its local units would be organising programmes at ward level, the main event of the Shiv Sena will be held at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi. Along with a Marathi play, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray will be addressing more than 1,000 cadres of the Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti, the employment wing of the party, at the venue. The Sena has called a meeting of its office-bearers to chalk out the programmes on Monday.
“Like every year, we will be having programmes at all levels -- from the local units to the civic corporation. The idea is to celebrate Marathi language and promote Marathi culture,” said Sena general secretary Anil Desai.