Taking a serious note of a principal of a public school in Visakhapatnam allegedly beating up a student for speaking in Telugu, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday demanded de-recognition of the school.

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party zonal in-charge K. Koteswara Rao said, “It is a dangerous trend that Telugu is not being given due importance in public schools and convents. If this continues our mother tongue will become extinct sooner or later.”

For punitive action

Besides initiating punitive action against the school concerned, the government should constitute a separate ministry for promotion of Telugu language, he added.

Taking up cudgels for farmers, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader demanded that the Centre lift the ban on export of cotton and ensure water for paddy in Darsi and other tail-end areas in the Nagarjunasagar command area till this month-end at least.

‘Purchase power'

He also urged the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to use the huge income generated from liquor for purchase of power from other States and ensure uninterrupted power for farmers, students and other sections.

‘The government should constitute a separate ministry for promotion of the language'