Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river dispute disrupts normal life

Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river dispute disrupts normal life

Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river dispute disrupts normal life

SC has presently stayed the construction undertaken by Karnataka. While buses of state-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will operate normally, commuters will struggle to get auto and cab as their unions have supported the strike.

'On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today.

Protests were staged at Manyata Embassy Business Park. "Finally, we will also stage protest in front of Parliament in Delhi", he said. The film industry and multiplexes are likely to stop operations, while petrol bunks, banks and agriculture Produce Marketing Committees are expected to function as usual. Meanwhile, they also set up a four-member committee to monitor any activities by Karnataka to divert water.

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Even as the agitators reiterated that the bandh call was given to demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention, the call for a second bandh in Bengaluru on February 4, which also coincides with a rally by Modi in Bengaluru, has triggered a war of words between the ruling Congress and the BJP. Despite Karnataka bandh, the BJP party held its Parivaratana rally today. BJP's alliance partner Goa Forward Party is opposed to negotiations. Over 15,000 people gathered for the rally where BJP president Amit Shah accused the state's Congress government of tacitly supporting the bandh in order to disrupt the rally in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's home district.

The party chief said the rally was aimed at bringing a change in the lives of the youth in the state.

Heading into elections, all three political parties have tried to champion the cause of Cauvery and Mahadayi to gain favour with voters in the state.

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Vatal Nagaraj, who heads 'Kannada Okoota, ' an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, visited various places of Bengaluru on Thursday morning and claimed the bandh was "total" across the state and thanked public and organisations for cooperation.

Reportedly, differences have arisen amongst the Kannada groups who called for a bandh.

But, considering that Karnataka elections are upon us and the strategic timing of the bandh raises the pertinent question: Is this bandh politically motivated?

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