New Delhi: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray, who is known for spewing venom against migrants from UP and Bihar, raised question for giving ‘Hindi’, the status of national language.

“Hindi is undoubtedly a beautiful language but it’s wrong that it’s the national language. Never ever was a decision made upon national language. Like there’s Hindi language, there’s Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, all of these are the languages of this nation,” the MNS chief said, while addressing  a program organised by the North Indian community.

 Furthermore he asserted that youths from Maharashtra should be given first preference if there are any job opportunities in the state.

“If there are job opportunities in Maharashtra, is it wrong that youth of Maharashtra be given first priority? If an industry is set up in UP tomorrow, then youth there should be given first preference, the same should happen in Bihar, what is wrong in it?,” Thackeray asked.

The MNS chief also lambasted Uttar Pradesh leaders and called them incompetent for not doing anything for the development of the state. “Most of the Prime Ministers came from Uttar Pradesh. However, nothing was done for the people of the state,” he claimed.