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

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.

The two BJP leaders along with MLAs Basavaraj Bommai and C C Patil squarely blamed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for instigating the protestors to create a law and order situation in the city and blame the BJP during the Prime Minister's visit.

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

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Shah said within four years, more than 20 activists of BJP and RSS had been killed.

The 77km-long Mahadayi or Mandovi river originates at Bhimgad in the Western Ghats in Belagavi district of north-west Karnataka and flows into the neighbouring Goa and eventually joins the Arabian Sea off the west coast. Essential services including hospitals, medical shops, the fire department will remain open.

In view of the ongoing Mahadayi river dispute between Goa and Katrnataka, several pro-Kannada and farmer outfits have called for shutdown in Karnataka today. The outfits, which are protesting against the non-implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project, want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the dispute between Karnataka and Goa, the Hindustan Times reported. We will show Siddharamaiah who is playing politics. "If not, we shall take out a rally in Bengaluru on February 4".

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BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, in a counter, has threatened to hold similar bandhs during AICC president Rahul Gandhi's rallies in Karnataka in the coming days.

Stating that neither Congress, nor the government, has anything to do with the bandh, he had earlier asked BJP to request Kannada organisations against organising the bandh. Is this some kind of advertisement or a sports programme for people to sponsor? "Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked.

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

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Shettar, the former State Chief Minister, pointed out that the BJP was in support of the demand for a negotiated settlement of the issue in the interests of the drought-prone people of the State.


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