PM assures decison on Classical Lang status to Kannada,Telugu soon

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today promised Karnataka Congress leaders that the government would take a decision on providing the Classical Language status to Kannada and Telugu.

An assurance to this effect was given to a Congress delegation led by Karnataka Pradesh Congress President and Leader of Oppostiion M Mallikarjuna Kharge and former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh when they called the Prime Minister this noon.

The leaders explained during the meeting how Kannada language had met all the criteria fixed for declaring it a Classical Language.

The PM told the delegation that a panel of experts had been constituted to look into the issue and they were expected to give their report shortly. ''A decision will be taken once they give their report,'' the PM said.

He also promised the delegation, comprising Union Ministers from Karnataka Oscar Fernandes and K H Muniappa, among others, that a notification for changing the name of Bangalore to Bangaluru will be issued shortly.

The state legislature had passed a resolution giving up the anglicised nomenclature of the name of the IT capital of the country.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had taken a similar delegation to the national capital in the middle of last week but the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) chose to not to be part of the All Party Delegation of the Karnataka Government.

They had declared that they would take a separate delegation to convince the Central leaders the need to help the state regarding the genuine grievances.

The Chief Minister had taken exception to the Congress leaders absenting themselves from the delegation when an official delegation was taken to meet their own party PM in the national capital.

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