The campaign against Hindi signboards on Bengaluru Metro has now received an official stamp after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote to the center, requesting the removal of Hindi signboards on Bengaluru Metro. This comes in the wake of the rising protests against Hindi signboards on Bengaluru Metro. Recently, cases were reported wherein the Hindi signboards were defaced at some metro stations. The campaign has been getting stronger with every passing day and it has found many supporters on social media as well. On social media, the campaign is known as #NammaMetroHindiBeda, which basically means “No Hindi for our Metro.” The state government has to consult the center for removing the Hindi signboards since the center has also contributed to the development of the Bengaluru metro.
In the letter written by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Siddaramaiah has pointed out to the increasing protests over the use of Hindi on Bengaluru metro. “Although the state government has strictly dealt with those who defaced the signages and maintained law and order around metro stations… you would agree that in the face of a continue agitation… it is counter-productive to insist on use of three languages, including Hindi,” Siddaramaiah wrote. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRC) officials said that they were following the orders of the Ministry of Urban Development, which had asked to use three languages, Kannada, English and Hindi, for the signboards on Bengaluru Metro.