Hindi row: Pro-Kannada group threatens to launch stir against Centre


Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, and July 8: – Pro-Kannada organisations have threatened to launch a protest against three BJP ministers over the use of Hindi in Namma Metro stations.

The warning comes after three Union Ministers D V Sadananda Gowda, H N Ananth Kumar and P C Mohan backed three-language policy implemented by Union Urban Development Ministry.

President of Karnataka Rakshna Vedike T A Narayana Gowda, has threatened to launch a protest in which Hindi signages at stations would be masked.

B Sanneerappa, secretary of Karnataka Rakshna Vedike, said they would start a campaign against Ananth Kumar and Sadananda Gowda. “All the three union ministers are supporting the use of Hindi in Karnataka.

Karnataka Rakshna Vedike will launch a campaign against the ministers and write to them, asking the ministers to support Kannada signages with only English, Sanneerappa said.

Karnataka Development Authority has written a letter to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) asking it to stop the use of Hindi on Namma Bengaluru Metro signages.

KDA chairman S G Siddaramaiah demanded that order from the Union Ministry of Urban Development on December 9, 2016, to implement three language policy on the Metro be cancelled.

One week ago, the Hindi words on signages at Kempegowda and Chickpet Stations were masked by some unidentified people.

BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said, three language policy is implemented as per the directions of the Centre, which has partly funded the project.

Chief Minister Siddaraimaiah has assured protesters who met him recently, that a decision on the issue would be taken after studying the policy followed by other states in Metro services.

-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)



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