Mamata Banerjee slams BJP. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticized the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well. The Central Board of Secondary Education had added Urdu, Marathi, and Gujarati in 2014 to the exam medium. However, in 2016, it dropped Urdu and Marathi but continued with Gujarati apart from Hindi and English.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) took over the exam in 2019 from the CBSE. “Joint Entrance Exams so long were conducted in English and Hindi languages. Surprisingly, now only the Gujarati language has been added. Such a step is not at all praiseworthy,” Banerjee tweeted. “I love the Gujarati language. But, why have other regional languages been ignored? Why injustice is being meted out to them?” she asked.