Nepals Vice President says his intention was not to hurt public sentiment

July 29th, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, July 29 (ANI): Nepal s Vice President Parmananda Jha on Tuesday clarified that his taking oath in Hindi language was not meant to hurt sentiments of any Nepali citizen.

According to Nepalnews, in a statement issued on Tuesday, Jha said he chose Hindi language bearing in mind that it is understandable to all residents in Terai districts, who speak different languages.

He also has expressed his commitment to respect all languages spoken in Nepal equally.

Stating that he has signed the oath paper written in Nepali, Jha feared communal violence if the protests continue.

Demonstrations continue across the country, including in Terai district, against Jha’’s taking oath in Hindi language, ignoring the national language Nepali and his mother tongue Maithili.

Various political parties, organizations and intellectuals have criticised the act of Jha.

The Supreme Court has asked him to submit a written explanation why he did so. (ANI)

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