Mumbai: Similar to the incident in West Bengal where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee banned English dailies in libraries, the Maharashtra government is also planning to abolish Hindi from the primary education in the state.

Though, the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are known for their anti-Hindi stance, it is the Congress government which is preparing to abolish Hindi from the primary school curriculum.
The Maharashtra State Board of Education is set to remove Hindi from the list of three compulsory languages taught to students of class 5 and above in government schools. English and Marathi will be the only languages to be taught now.

The underlying intentions of the Maharashtra government came to light in the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Expressing strong objection to the proposal, Councilor and Lokbharti Chairman Kapil Patil said during the session of the House, “Such a move would leave 60,000 teachers of the state jobless.”

He asked, “When the state government has not made any change in its language policy, then why is the education board so eager to remove Hindi from the school curriculum?”

Contrary to its image of an anti-Hindi party, the Shiv Sena supported Patil on the issue. Amid chaos in the House, Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh assured to discuss the matter next week.