Speaking to reporters, Ashok Chavan said, "Hindi has same importance as Marathi, I don't think there is any controversy. Hindi is our national language and Marathi is a language of Maharashtra."
"Respect should be given to both Marathi and our national language, and I don't think there's anything wrong. Why should we give birth to a controversy?" he added.
Chavan further said, "Some people are playing politics. There's importance of Marathi and its due will be given in Maharashtra."
Earlier, SP leader Abu Azmi was attacked by right-wing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) legislators on Nov 9 for taking his oath of office in Hindi, and not in Marathi.