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BJP rules out 'imposing' Hindi in Karnataka amid protests
BJP rules out 'imposing' Hindi in Karnataka amid protests

Bengaluru, Sep 16 (TIWN) Accusing the Congress of politicising the language issue, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled out imposing Hindi in Karnataka, an official said on Monday.

"There is no question of imposing Hindi in Karnataka or replacing Kannada or the other local languages in South India. The three-language policy will continue with primacy to Kannada, followed by English and any other local vernacular," the BJP''s state unit spokesman G. Madhusudana told here. 

Protesting against Union Home Minister Amit Shah''s call on Saturday to have Hindi as the common or national language, the opposition Congress and the regional Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders and cadres staged demonstrations during the weekend in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi and Kalaburagi for attempting to impose Hindi at the cost of the state language Kannada.  "We are not against Hindi but certainly against its imposition on our people, majority of whose mother tongue is Kannada, followed by Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi across the state," Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters at Mysuru on Sunday. 

Celebrating September 14 as ''Hindi Diwas'', Shah tweeted and reiterated at a function later in New Delhi that "India is a nation of many languages and every language has its own importance. But it is absolutely necessary to have one language for the country, which becomes India''s identity globally. If there is any one language that connect the entire nation in a common thread of unity, it is Hindi, which is spoken the maximum".  Asserting that Shah''s message was for having Hindi as a common language among the people whose mother tongue is other than Hindi, Madhusudana said the message was to have a language spoken by the majority as a means of communication than imposing it or substituting it for one''s own language.

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