Amid the language row over use of Hindi in Bengaluru Metro signboards, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday wrote a letter to the Minister of Urban Development Narendra Singh Tomar saying that the three language formula is not acceptable and review of decision is needed by the Centre.
Taking a stand on the issue, Karnataka Chief Minister in his letter said that in the past too there have been mild protests over the language issue. Also the Chief Secretary of the Government of Karnataka had written has written, highlighting that the signage’s at the metro station should follow the state’s official policy as per which only Kannada and English should be used.
The Chief Minister further said, “I would like to submit here that the stand of Government of India of using three language formula is not reasonable. Although the Government of India and Government of Karnataka have equal equity stake in the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), the financial contribution of state government is much more.”
Siddaramaiah requested the concerned minister to review the earlier decision in this regard.
“The protest has been increasing ever since the opening of the entire network. Widespread protests on the use of Hindi. Presently, it has also began to take a violent turn with activists trying to deface the metro name boards,” Karnataka CM said.
“The state government has been acting but you (Minister of Urban Development Narendra Singh Tomar) would agree with me that the cultural aspiration and sentiments of the people of the state needs to respected,” Siddaramaiah added.