Speaker turns to Hindi while ordering vote on triple talaq

Times of India, June 22, 2019

Breaking with tradition, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday preferred to use Hindi when he said “haan paksh jeeta, haan paksha jeeta” instead of “the ayes have it, the ayes have it” while pronouncing his decision on the introduction of the fresh triple talaq bill. His pronouncement in Hindi came as a surprise to those who have been following the proceedings for long as they were used to hearing “the ayes or the noes (as the case may be) have it”.

In recent memory, no other Speaker has used Hindi while pronouncing his or her decision in Lok Sabha. The Speaker’s choice of language may have been his personal preference but English, as the language for oath-taking in the 17th Lok Sabha, showed a steep decline with Hindi, regional and classical languages getting prime position

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