Karnataka bandh: Offices, malls, movie halls shut over security concerns bengaluru
Jan 27, 2018, 19:18
Farmers and some pro-Kannada groups in Karnataka on Thursday began their 12-hour strike from 6 am over the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute.
Attempts to amicably solve the issue pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal through discussion have failed so far, leading to Karnataka seeking the Prime Minister's intervention. Several private schools and state government offices are likely to remain closed on Thursday.
Public transport was affected in Hubballi, though a few autorickshaws plied. Bus, train, flight all services will be stopped.
Bengaluru, Mysuru and Malaprabha Command Area's districts like Belagavi, Gadag, Dharwad and Bagalkot bore the maximum brunt. On Thursday BJP chief Amit Shah was scheduled to address a rally in Mysuru in the culmination of the party's state-wide Parivartana rally.
"Buses have been stopped, bandh has been called, efforts are on to stop Modi's rally on February 4, but I have confidence in the people of this great Karnataka", he said.
With the Mahadayi issue going out of control, the BJP asked Rahul Gandhi to direct the Congress in Goa to agree to sharing water with Karnataka.
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The pro-Kannada organisations and organisations of farming communities had earlier also called for bandh over the dispute. Since 2001, Karnataka has been asking Goa to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water.
Shravanabelagola in Hassan District in the State is to hold on February 07 the once-in-twelve-years affair of the popular Jain festival "Mahamasthabhishekha" in which President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka chief-minister Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda would take part.
Shettar said Siddaramiah was instigating and supporting the activists to call for a bandh on February 4.
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Though differences have emerged among outfits over the bandh call, Vatal Nagaraj, who heads "Kannada Okoota", an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, said there would be a state-wide dawn to dusk bandh on January 25, demanding the Prime Minister's intervention. Hoping to end Congress' rule in the state, BJP is banking on Modi and Shah to boost its prospects in the state where the Grand Old Party too is on a strong wicket.
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