Karnataka bandh: Offices, malls, movie halls shut over security concerns bengaluru


Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday accused the Centre and the Goa Government for the ongoing dispute over sharing of Mahadayi water between Karnataka and Goa.

Elaborate security has been made with additional deployment of police personnel in cities and towns across the state to ensure a peaceful shutdown.

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

The day passed off peacefully in Bengaluru barring two incidents of violence.

Shopkeepers in Bengaluru said that the cadres of Karnataka Rakshana Vedhike will come soon to shut things down and till then they will keep the shops open.

Two bandhs have been called in Karnataka on January 25 and February 4 by pro-Kannada outfits in connection with the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. Shah said despite "desperate attempt" to disrupt the rally here by organising the bandh, "we have managed to hold it and been successful at it".

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The BJP leader pointed out that the ruling Congress party had deliberately instigated the Kannada organisations and farmers to give a call for Bengaluru bandh on February 4 as on that day the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bengaluru for taking part in valedictory ceremony of BJP's Parivartana Rally. The number of people who will attend Modi's rally on February 4 will make it clear BJP will win the election that will happen in April-May, Shah said.

Shettar also urged Rahul Gandhi to spell out his party's stand on the issue.

Former Prime Minister and Janatal Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda has termed the Congress chief-minister Siddaramaiah's Govt.in the State as the "worst" he has ever seen in his life. "I have not heard of any Chief Minister behaving in such a manner". This will help in augmenting the drinking water supply to Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

The Mahaydai Water Disputes Tribunal, headed by J.N. Panchal, on July 28, 2016 rejected the state's petition for releasing the river water, citing various grounds, including ecological damage the twin canal projects may cause.

They demand the PM's intervention in the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project by bringing a compromise between Goa and Maharashtra, so that the state of Karnataka can get its share of the waters. But the BJP and the Prime Minister are committed to passing this bill to do justice to Muslim sisters and mothers, he said.