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Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: Siddaramaiah talks of Kannada pride ahead of Modi visit

PTI | Bengaluru |

Invoking Kannada pride ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whirlwind election tour of Karnataka on Wednesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked him to approve the state flag.

“Complimenting Modi over his recent claim that he too is a Kannadiga, Siddaramaiah, in series of tweets late last night, also raised concerns over the alleged imposition of Hindi.

“Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has declared himself a Kannadiga. Becoming Kannadiga means” accepting the Kannada language, naada geete (state anthem), naada” dwaja (state flag).”

“Will you become true Kannadiga by giving”approval to Karnataka’s nada dwaja? #AnswerMadiModi,” Siddaramaiah tweeted in Kannada.

Flagging “Kannadiga pride” ahead of the”Assembly polls,” Siddaramaiah had unveiled the”proposed official state flag for Karnataka in March.

“The state’s flag, in hues of yellow,”white and red, has the state’s emblem ‘Gandaberunda’, a two-headed mythological bird, at its centre. The proposal has been forwarded to the Centre for mandatory approval.

“In another tweet, Siddaramaiah said becoming Kannadiga” means giving importance to Kannada and abandoning forcible” imposition of Hindi. “Are you ready to be Kannadiga?” he questioned. “Seeking to strike a chord with BJP leaders, office-bearers and elected representatives during an interaction with them through his mobile app on April 26, Modi had claimed he”was also a Kannadiga.

“Like you, I am also a karyakarta (worker) from” Karnataka. Believe this and move ahead. I am also a Kannadiga. Believe this and move ahead. I will work with your shoulder to” shoulder,” he had said.

“ Noting that becoming Kannadiga means being committed”to protecting Karnataka’s land, water and language, the Chief Minister asked, “Will you call a meeting of Chief Ministers of three states to resolve Mahadayi river water sharing dispute?”

“Karnataka has been demanding that the prime minister call a meeting of the chief ministers of riparian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka to resolve”the Mahadayi dispute.

Maintaining that becoming Kannadiga entails protecting Kannada, Kannadiga and Karnataka’s interest, he”asked, “Will you become Kannadiga by allowing Kannadigas to” write entrance exams of nationalized banks in Kannada?” “ ”

Siddramaiah wrote about Karnataka’s tradition of brotherhood and wondered how Modi could be a Kannadiga when the BJP has not fielded a single Muslim or Christian candidate.

“Launching his campaign blitzkrieg today in poll-bound” Karnataka, Modi will address rallies at Santhemarahalli” in Chamarajanagara district, and Udupi and Chikkodi in” Belagavi.

Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s tweets, Karnataka BJP in a” tweet said, “Tweeting at midnight? Looks like the perpetually” sleeping CM has lost sleep over Modi’s visit! The fun begins now.”