Karnataka Bandh today over Mahadayi river dispute; Schools, Offices remain shut

27 January, 2018, 19:19 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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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.

The 12-hour, dawn-to-dusk bandh has been called by Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha (KCVP) and other fringe outfits. But government offices functioned smoothly and banks operated with half-closed shutters and fewer visitors.

Almost 15,000 policemen and 50 battalions of Karnataka State Police will be deployed on Thursday.

Though autorickshaws and cabs were seen plying, they were out in lesser numbers. Bus, train, flight all services will be stopped.

The districts are Belagavi, Bhagalkote, Dharwad and Gadag in the northwest.

"Moreover Congress" role, saying it was synchronized with dates when BJP national President Amit Shah in Mysuru on Thursday to address a party rally.

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.

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The river originates in Karnataka and flows for 29 kilometres through the state.

Though the river runs 29 km in Karnataka and 52 km in Goa, its catchment area is spread over 2,032 km in the southern state as against 1,580 km in Goa.

Karnataka's Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had on Wednesday urged pro-Kannada organisations and the other protesters to observe a peaceful Bandh on January 25. According to the sources, the associated management of the primary and secondary schools in Karnataka have urged the private school to keep safety and security of staff as well as students if they are opening schools during Karnataka bandh.

Agitators are holding protests in Attibelle, Bangalore Urban district Karnataka, over Mahadayi water dispute.

However, BJP has alleged that the Congress-led Karnataka state government calling a state-wide bandh on Thursday and on February 4 is politically motivated. "If not, we shall take out a rally in Bengaluru on February 4".

In a tit-for-tat move to the bandh call during BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits to Karnataka, the party's state unit on Wednesday made a decision to observe district-specific shutdown during Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's state tour.

What is the Mahadayi river water dispute?

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