An hour after Union Home Minister Amit Shah appealed people to use the "widely-spoken" Hindi language more often, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted a counter "mother-tongue" tweet.
Reacting to Shah's "one nation, one language" tweet, Banerjee said, "My best wishes to all on Hindi Diwas. We should respect all languages and cultures equally. We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language," she said.
हिंदी दिवस पर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। हमें सभी भाषाओं और संस्कृतियों का समान रूप से सम्मान करना चाहिए। हम कई भाषाएँ सीख सकते हैं लेकिन हमें अपनी मातृ-भाषा को कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 14, 2019
Recently, during a public meeting at Kancharapara in North 24-Parganas, the CM had said that people from other states will have to speak in Bengali in West Bengal. "We have to take Bangla forward. When we go to Delhi we speak in Hindi, when we go to Punjab we have to speak in Punjabi. I do it. When I go to Tamil Nadu, I don't know Tamil, but I know a few words. So in the same way if you are coming to Bengal, you have to speak in Bengali," Banerjee had said.