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Last Updated : Jul 01, 2019 03:33 PM IST | Source: PTI

BJP MP Ravi Kishan demands inclusion of Bhojpuri in Eighth Schedule

The Eighth Schedule of the Constitution comprises 22 languages.

Image: Twitter/ @ravikishann
Image: Twitter/ @ravikishann

BJP MP and Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan on July 1 sang a song in his native language in the Lok Sabha to draw attention to his demand for including Bhojpuri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, the actor said Bhojpuri is spoken by over 25 crore people of the country.

It is widely spoken in Mauritius and other Caribbean countries, he said.

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The BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh recalled how people reacted with enthusiasm when Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people in the Bhojpuri language in Bihar and Varanasi.

To drive home his point, he also started singing a line of a Bhojpuri song.

Speaker Om Birla immediately interrupted him and asked him to sing later.

To this, the actor said through the song he wanted to show the sweetness of the language.

The Eighth Schedule of the Constitution comprises 22 languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithali and Dogri.

At present, there is a demand to include 38 languages in the Eighth Schedule.

During oath taking, few MPs expressed the desire to take oath in Bhojpuri but were not allowed since it did not fall under the Eighth Schedule.

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First Published on Jul 1, 2019 03:20 pm
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