Omar said he has already explained his opposition to imposing Hindi on the social media in the context of Jammu and Kashmir where the official languages are English and Urdu.

“Slam - Slang To criticize harshly; censure forcefully. To suggest that I've "slammed" imposition of Hindi is an exaggeration,” Omar wrote on Twitter on Friday.

“I've opposed it & have explained my opposition particularly in the context of J&K where our official languages are English & Urdu,” he added.

Omar had earlier made it clear that the state of Jammu and Kashmir would not change its official languages and he had joined a host of regional leaders who had condemned Centre’s move to impose Hindi in official matters.

The Home Ministry's official language department had issued a circular on May 27 asking all ministries and departments, public sector undertakings and banks to give prominence to Hindi on official accounts in social media.

"All officers and employees who operate official accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Google, Youtube should use Hindi and English languages. Prominence should be given to Hindi," Director, official language, Avadesh Kumar Mishra wrote in the directive.

Another circular announced prize money of Rs 2,000 to two employees who do their official work mostly in Hindi. Rs 1,200 and Rs 600 will be given to the second and third position holders respectively.

The move has come under attack from DMK leader M Karunanidhi and NDA Tamil Nadu allies MDMK chief Vaiko and PMK founder S Ramados.

Meanwhile, Omar on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.


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