Marathi oath: Raj Thackeray may face breach of privilege

Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray's diktat to MLAs to take oath "only in Marathi" or face his party's wrath, may see the enfant terrible of state politics facing a breach of privilege move.

"A member of the House can take oath in any of the around 15 notified languages. No one can dictate to a member in which language he or she should take oath," a senior Vidhan Bhawan official said.

"All it would take is a member or members to approach the Speaker and the presiding officer would not think twice before admitting the notice of breach of privilege of the House and its members," the official said.

"On earlier occasions, members have taken oath in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Sanskrit and English, besides Marathi," the official said. The 289th member of the House, who represents Anglo-Indian community, takes oath in English.

"No one objected when some Maharashtra MPs took oath in the Lok Sabha in Marathi. Who is Raj to force MLAs to choose a language," a Samajwadi Party functionary said.

Bureau Report