To promote nationalism, Tripura government proposes Hindi as news medium
The Congress and CPI (M) slammed BJP-IPFT government in Tripura for proposing Hindi as a medium for news on local TV channels over the state's second official language, Kokborok. The motive behind this was 'to promote nationalism', read a document of the state information and cultural affairs department. However, CPI (M) said Hindi should not be promoted at the cost of the regional language.
Ruling party invites flak from CPI(M), Congress
"Hindi may be promoted as the third official language but the regional languages should also be given due importance. We strongly oppose the ruling government's decision," said Radhacharan Debbarma, CPI(M) leader. Congress leader Dinesh Debbarma said, "The IPFT should be ashamed of supporting the decision."
IPFT says they didn't know about proposal
Ananta Debbarma, BJP's alliance partner's IPFT's leader said, "We don't know about it as of now." The director-in-charge of information and cultural affairs department Bishnupada Das said Kokborok news will not be stopped. "It was proposed that all local TV channels introduce Hindi as a medium of news so that people from other states could know more about Tripura," he added.