Lucknow, Dec 16: Under attack from Rahul Gandhi for its aversion to English and computers, Samajwadi Party today said it was only against their forced and mandatory usage as countries which gave importance to native language have shown that they can progress faster.
“We have never been against computers and English. And our opposition had only been on its forced and mandatory usage,” Samajwadi state unit president, Akhilesh Yadav told PTI over phone.
“We want all to get education and computers be used where they are required, and not forced on people or made compulsory,” Yadav, who is presently on the eighth leg of his ‘Kranti rath yatra', said.
In a retort to the Congress general secretary's attack, Yadav said those who are so strongly advocating for the cause of computers and English should tell what they have done on it earlier.
Referring to China, Russia and France, the Samajwadi leader said it was also a fact that the countries which have given importance to their native language have progressed much faster.
Rahul Gandhi in his mass contact programme had accused Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav of opposing computers and English, but at the same time allowing his son Akhilesh to benefit from both.