This is a victory for pro-Kannada protesters who have been carrying out a campaign of blackening Hindi signs at Namma metro stations in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru, July 26: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has decided to take down all Hindi signs at metro stations across Bengaluru, in what can be seen as a victory for pro-Kannada protesters. According to a report in The News Minute, the BMRCL has agreed to the directive issued by Kannada Development Authority (KDA) to remove all Hindi signs from Namma Metro and Metro stations. The decision came after a meeting of the BMRCL and KDA officials.
After the meeting, KDA Chairman SG Siddaramaiah called for the discontinuation of the three-language policy across BMRCL. He added that since Namma Metro could not be considered a Public Sector Undertaking, the Official Language Act does not hold mandate here.
Victory for pro-Kannada activists
Pro-Kannada activists have been up in arms against the use of Hindi language on Nanna Metro signs for the past two months. There have been incidents of blackening Hindi signs on metro stations by protesters in the recent past.
Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) had gone a rampage, blackening Hindi signboards at several metro stations including Yeswanthpur metro station, Indiranagar metro station, and Deepanjali Nagar metro station. They had also blackened a Hindi nameplate of a restaurant near Eco Tech Park in Bengaluru.
The DMK faction of Karnataka had also joined hands with the KRV for intensifying the campaign against Hindi signs in Namma Metro.