‘This is not a favour’: Some slammed BJP Karnataka for gloating about railway tickets in Kannada

Rail tickets in Kannada thanks to our minister says BJP slams Congress
news Social Friday, March 02, 2018 - 12:17

With the Karnataka Assembly elections just months away, parties are going all out to please voters. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress governments will complete its term in May 2018.

On Thursday, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal tweeted that unreserved tickets issued in Karnataka would be in Kannada. This has been a demand for long by groups who have been severely against the government for it's 'Hindi imposition'.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka handle took a dig at the Congress, and said it was the BJP who fulfilled a long-standing demand. 

“Some Congress sponsored groups tried to project BJP as anti-Kannada. But it had to be @PiyushGoyal, a BJP minister, who finally fulfilled long standing demand of Kannadigas to print railway tickets in Kannada. Why is there no celebration now from those groups? #BJPForKannadaPride,” they tweeted.

This did not go down well with many, who questioned the BJP about why they were only doing it now, and only doing it one state when it should be done in all states.

The tickets will be printed in Kannada, along with English and Hindi. However, tickets purchased online will not have this.

Some did praise the BJP, and called the move to print tickets in Kannada a great initiative.

The Indian Railways’ passenger amenities committee had approved a proposal to print tickets in the local language, in addition to English and Hindi from January 1, 2018.

Karnataka is not alone in demanding the inclusion of local languages, as states like Tamil Nadu have also demanded that tickets and official forms be available in the local language. They pushed for a two-language policy of English and the local language instead of Hindi.

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