- Nirhua demanded inclusion of Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution
- UPA accused of false assurance in the name of giving constitutional status
- “Modi government took positive initiative to promote Bhojpuri”
Monsoon session: BJP MP Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua’ demanded inclusion of Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Recently, famous Bhojpuri actor-singer Nirhua, who was elected from Azamgarh parliamentary constituency, gave his statement during Zero Hour while retaining his issue in the house for the first time.
UPA accused of giving false assurances
Nirhua said that Bhojpuri, which is spoken in 16 countries, has also been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage at the request of Mauritius. He also accused the previous UPA government of giving false assurances on the subject of giving constitutional status to Bhojpuri. Nirhua said that Bhojpuri could not be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution for years in the name of ambiguity in the rules and non-discrimination of languages.
“Positive initiative to promote Bhojpuri”
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has taken positive initiatives to promote Bhojpuri and hoped that a decision will also be taken to give constitutional status to this language. The BJP MP said, “Now we have Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is known for making the impossible possible. I am sure the government will take steps to include Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi has also raised the issue
In 2016, Yogi had demanded that he would take this issue to the NDA government at the Center to include Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Yogi Adityanath said in Parliament that Bhojpuri is the world’s largest dialect (dialect) spoken not only in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand but also in 27 other countries across the world.
The issue was also raised in 2009
Yogi had said that initially there were only 14 languages in the scheme but Nepali, Sindhi and Maithili were added later. Earlier in July 2009, Yogi Adityanath had raised the issue of Bhojpuri in the Lok Sabha. He then demanded that the UPA government include Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
22 languages are included in the Eighth Schedule
Let us tell you that 22 languages are included in the eighth schedule related to languages in the Indian constitution. In 1967, Sindhi was given a place in the Eighth Schedule by the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Later in 1992, the 71st Amendment added Manipuri, Kokani and Nepali. Maithili, Santhali, Dogri and Boda were also included in 2003.
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