Bengaluru South MP LS Tejasvi Surya tweets tempers flare over the arrest of Kannada activists
By the arrest of six Kannada activists on clams of Hindi hoarding at a religious place, Bengaluru South MP LS Tejasvi Surya had tweeted that “Deeply hurt over attack…in Bengaluru over Hindi on the banner of a temple by few rowdy elements. They however never question the use of Urdu in Bengaluru.”
Kushal Harave Gowda said “Surya shouldn’t have dragged the Urdu factor into the issue. While our fight is to ensure equal opportunities to people speaking regional languages, Surya has echoed his party’s Hindutva agenda, which was not required.
Surya said “I was the one who raised his voice in Parliament in favour of Kannada and Kannadigas. I even made it a point to speak in the House in Kannada. Adding that But what I was trying to convey regarding the largest incident is what we shouldn’t indulge in violence. Also, people are opposing Hindi banners while they are fine with Urdu signage. Why this double standard?”
Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda said, “It’s beyond doubt that Kannada must have supremacy in Karnataka. While it was an unfortunate incident, we want it to be settled in a peaceful manner. But, it’s up to the police to withdraw the case against the Kannada activists.”
Former CM Siddaramaiah said “The government’s move t use police force to silence Kannada activists ad give a communal colour to the language movement is condemnable. I demand their release.”
While former CM HD Kumaraswamy said, “The Yediyurappa government should have displayed the same zeal in getting relief funds from the Centre that it has shown in arresting the activists.”