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Bengaluru: Hindi imposition controversy, HDK seeks PM’s intervention

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Bengaluru: Former Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday October 15 lashed out at the Union Home Minister for taking initial steps towards destroying several languages in the country.

Speaking to mediapersons at the party’s State office J. P. Bhavan on Saturday October 15, he said that the Union Minister was going to impose Hindi saying that he would uplift the local languages. It’s not right, we don’t agree,” he claimed.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself should intervene in the matter and make the Home Minister aware. It is not right to sit around the subject of languages again and again. If this is done in this way, the integrity and unity of the country will be affected. He said the report submitted to the President by a Committee headed by the Home Minister in this regard cannot be accepted.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin has already staged a protest. Protests have started in West Bengal and Kerala. “BJP leaders are trying to suppress other languages by bringing in the policy of ‘one nation, one language’. But how can a nation be built by destroying other languages?,” he asked.
If there is a problem with the language, we will have to join hands with the pro-Kannada organisations to protest. He warned that there is no question of tolerating, if Kannada is harmed.

Both national parties are fatal to the nation. They are two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, there is Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra and on the other hand, the Jan Sankalp Yatra is on. The Congress and the BJP are now using language as a tool and have started oppression. In South India, people have locked the doors of national parties. In Karnataka also, that day is not far away,” he said.

Reacting to the issue of increase in Reservation for SCs and STs, HDK said, “In the coalition Government, we have justice. Congress leaders now say that it is they who formed the Nagamohan Das Committee. The BJP is saying that they have implemented the report. Minister Sriramulu was speaking with a different tone. One of the MLAs declared that as long as we are alive, we will remain slaves to the BJP. This shows their mentality of keeping the society still in slavery,” he said and added that all this is Deve Gowda’s contribution. The community should remember this, he stressed.

In which year was Nagamohan Das’s report submitted to the government? What had he done with the report since it was submitted? Why was the report kept in storage for one-and-a-half years without implementing it? Couldn’t we have given a report earlier? Now elections are near. Now they are going to go for elections as a gimmick,” he said.

“I have taken note of the statement of senior Congress leader H. Vishwanath. He is right in saying about Deve Gowda’s contribution and who has consistently got the benefit of reservation. You have to introspect on that. In the Constitution given by B. R. Ambedkar, reservation is not reaching many people. Reservation should include those who are outside the reservation, he noted.

Speaking on the issue of Hebbal steel bridge, Kumaraswamy said, “My Government had decided to build a tunnel on this steel bridge route. A Korean company had come forward. The BJP had opposed it then. Now they are going to do it. Look at what an irony this is. He also attacked the BJP, saying it was only trying to mislead the people.

The preparations for the Pancharatna programme are final. We are preparing how to give these five programmes if given power for five years. The yatra will be flagged off on November 1. “We have convened a meeting of MLA’s and members on October 18 and 19. “I have called a meeting on November 1 to discuss the issue of hoisting the Kannada flag from house to house,” he said.

“There are rumours that Former Minister Ramesh Jarakiholi has held discussions with me. I have not discussed anything with him. All this is just speculation,” the Former Chief Minister said in response to a question

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