Ruling BJP is hurting Kannada sentiments: Congress & JD(S)

Both parties unequivocally termed it as injustice to Kannadigas.

Bengaluru: Launching a twitter campaign against the ruling BJP in the state as well as at the Centre, the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) on Friday accused the party of hurting Kannada sentiments by 'ignoring' the demand of people of the state that they should be allowed to write the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) exams in Kannada.

Both parties unequivocally termed it as injustice to Kannadigas.

They said that the advertisement for the on-line examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for clerical cadre posts states that the exams will be held only in English and Hindi.

Taking to twitter and facebook, former chief minister, Siddaramaiah said, “Central govt has again cheated the ppl of Ktaka. They are taking the identity of Kannada for a ride. Does the promise of @nsitharaman & @tejasvi_Surya mean nothing? Their lack of knowledge & breach of trust is a spectacle for moral spinelessness & political ineptitude. #IBPS mosa.”

“It is a conspiracy to prevent non-hindi ppl from getting bank jobs. We have to teach @BJP4India a lesson about the power of linguistic diversity. What are the representatives from @BJP4Karnataka doing? Do they also subscribe to the idea of superiority of Hindi? Shame!!" he said in another tweet.

Former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular leader H.D. Kumaraswamy in a tweet said despite repeated demands by Kannadigas, the central government was not conducting IBPS exams in Kannada and not restoring the domicile clause that was there earlier.

“This is evidence of the Centre's step-motherly attitude. I strongly oppose it.”

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in July reportedly told Parliament that the exams for direct recruitment of Scale-I officers and office assistants in Regional

Rural Banks would be held in 13 regional languages, apart from English and Hindi.

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