BHUBANESWAR: The BJD on Saturday reiterated its demand for the inclusion of Kosali and two other tribal languages — Ho and Mundari — in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, a move seen as an attempt to connect with the people of the western and northern regions of the state.
At present, 22 languages find a place in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
Addressing a news conference here, senior BJD leaders Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Shreemayee Mishra and Basanti Hembram said the party planned to meet President Ram Nath Kovid during his three-day visit to the state. “The fight for languages has been on in Odisha since the British era. A large section of the people in the state have an emotional connect with Kosali, Ho and Mundari. Our chief minister has been demanding the inclusion of these languages in the Eighth Schedule on different platforms,” said Patnaik.
Patnaik said of the 4.5 crore people in the state, around one crore speak Kosali, Ho, Mundari and Bhumij. The editor-politician also said BJP had promised in its manifesto to include these languages in the Eighth Schedule but nothing had been done. Patnaik said they would urge the President to use his power to intervene in the matter.
Stating that the constitutional process for the inclusion of these languages had been completed, Patnaik said the expert committee constituted to study different aspects of these languages had submitted its report to the government.