The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s latest complaint is against the state for ‘not giving permission to set up Marathi medium schools’.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray met chief minister Ashok Chavan, on Monday, to demand that permission to start Marathi medium schools be given at the earliest. He said the state had been rejecting proposals to start Marathi schools for the past two years. “The state is clearly pursuing an anti-Marathi agenda. Permission for English language schools is given instantly, but Marathi schools are delayed indefinitely,” he added.
Thackeray said there had been a lot of demand from students across the state for schools in the state language. He also demanded that all such proposals be approved on an urgent basis, and aid be given to unaided Marathi medium schools across the state.
“We should now focus on imparting quality education,” he said. Critics, however, accuse Thackeray of doublespeak. “His children study in English medium schools and he wants others to have a Marathi medium education,” said Mangleshwar Tripathi, president, Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad.
Tripathi said Marathi language schools should be encouraged, but denounced the MNS campaign as a publicity stunt.
Another issue highlighted by him was Marathi youth to be given taxi permits currently being auctioned by the RTO. This move would provide a livelihood for more than 28 lakh unemployed youths in the state, he said. “The state should start disbursing taxi permits to these youth instead of taxi fleet firms.”