Pro-Kannada outfits in Kerala's border district of Kasaragod have come out against the government's move to make Malayalam mandatory in all the schools. The Kerala government had promulgated an ordinance on April 11, making Malayalam compulsory in all the schools up to Class 10.


A resolution adopted at a meeting of the Kannada outfits at Kumbla in Kasaragod decided to launch an intense agitation, opposing the Kerala government's stance of 'imposing' Malayalam on the students in the northern district of Kerala. 


The new language policy of the Kerala government was an attempt to "impose" Malayalam on the Kannadigas of the border district, it said. The meeting also discussed the impact of the government policy, as well as the plan of action of the Kannada organisations, a release said here. 


The meeting presided over by Karnataka Samithi president Muralidhar Ballukuraya, also decided to take a delegation to meet Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to apprise him of the constitutional rights of the minority Kannadigas of the border district. 


It also decided to approach Kerala Revenue Minister and CPI leader E Chandrasekharan, elected from Kasaragod district, to include him in the delegation. 


Kannada activist Purushottam Master, Kerala unit chief of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, SV Bhat, president of Kerala unit of Karnataka Janapada Parishat Gopal Shetty and others participated in the meeting, the release said.