Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that people living in Karnataka should learn Kannada and emphasised that not knowing the regional language would mean showing disrespect to it. Siddaramaiah was speaking at the 62nd Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrated in Bengaluru’s Kanteerava stadium.
“Everyone who lives here is a Kannadiga. Whoever lives in Karnataka should learn Kannada and make their children learn it too,” Siddaramaiah said and added, “I am not against learning any language. But if you don’t learn Kannada, it means you’re showing disrespect to the language.”
The CM also asked the Kannadigas to be more affectionate towards their state’s language.
Raj Thackeray, in a party meeting recently stated that the Maharashtra Nivnirman Sena was a Maharashtra-specific party and that he would not compromise on the Marathi cause and the development of the state.