Punjabi Language Resolution
In a rare show of unity between ruling SAD and opposition members, the Punjab assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution seeking first language status for Punjabi in the union territory of Chandigarh.
The resolution is being seen as a step towards strengthening Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh. Earlier, members, cutting across party lines, expressed anguish over what they said Punjabi was not getting the required “recognition” in Chandigarh — the capital of Punjab and Haryana.
The resolution, moved by education minister Upinderjit Kaur, sought making Punjabi language compulsory in all UT schools. It also demanded setting up of a Punjab Sahitya Academy in Chandigarh.