‘Develop self-respect’…: Ex-Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah slams BJP over Hindi imposition

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the BJP leaders of imposing Hindi. He slammed the state government for using Hindi on the official website of Kannada and Culture department.

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah (Photo: File)

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  • Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed BJP over Hindi imposition
  • The department quickly made changes on the website after his criticism
  • Get out of the illusion that Hindi is the national language, he said

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed the state BJP government for using Hindi on the official website of the Kannada and Culture department. “BJP leaders of Karnataka, you have to develop self-respect that you are Kannadigas,” the Congress leader said.

Siddaramaiah had tagged a screenshot of the department’s homepage that had ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’, ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ and ‘Bharat Sarkar Sanskriti Mantralaya (Ministry of Culture, Government of India)’, in Hindi.

“After I cracked the whip, the government has woke up and removed Hindi from the website of the Kannada and Culture Department. Leaders of @BJP4Karnataka, you have to develop self respect that you are Kannadigas. This is not something you should be taught. Get out of the illusion that Hindi is the national language,” he said in a tweet.

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— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) August 6, 2022

“Is it the Department of Kannada and Culture in the state or the Department of Hindi and Culture,” he questioned on social media.

Soon after his criticism, the department quickly made changes on the website. He accused the BJP leaders of imposing the Hindi language in the state and insulting Kannada to appease the BJP Central leaders.

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