Ranchi: The state Congress leaders have made it clear that the decision taken by the previous governments on the issue of including Bhojpuri and Magahi languages in the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) will not be tampered with by the present government.
The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting attended by the in-charge of Jharkhand BK Hari Prasad and the Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh.
Now the party leaders have said that the previous decision on the issue will prevail and that the statement issued to the contrary by the state education minister Geetashri Oraon will have no adverse effect on the same.
The meeting on the Bhojpuri and Magahi issue was held under the chairpersonship of the state Congress president Sukhdev Bhagat at the state Congress headquarters on Tuesday.
All MLAs and ministers of Congress party spoke on the issue and made their opinion on the issue known to the committee members.
All MLAs apprised Hari Prasad and Jairam Ramesh of the huge loss apprehended to be incurred by the party in the elections as a result of the anti-Bihari statements issued every now and then by Geetashri Oraon.
The Congress MLAs also said that a confusing situation had arisen following the statement of Geetashri Oraon. The party may have to suffer huge dent in the votebank due to the statements of Geetashri Oraon, they told the party seniors.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, Bhagat said that the party leaders were unanimous on the language issue.
He said the recognition accorded to Bhojpuri and Magahi by previous state governments will continue without doubt. He said the successful candidates of TET need not be worried about their future. All recognized languages will be treated with equal dignity, he said.
Bhagat further said that any minister or MLA will be entitled to make any public statement only after a meeting of the group of legislators of the party on any policy issue. Issuing any statement not in compliance with the party decision will be deemed an act of indiscipline, he said.
The Congress president said the Central leadership of the party will take a final decision on the distribution of seats among the alliance partners in the state regarding the Loksabha elections after a meeting on the issue. He said a meeting of all allies will be convened on 4th January in the state Capital.
The functioning and performance of the state government will be reviewed and further plans will be discussed for expediting the development process, he said.