Schools remain shut; transport operators to take 'situational' call

Schools remain shut; transport operators to take 'situational' call

Normal life remains affected in Karnataka on Thursday, following the state-wide bandh called by several pro-Kannada outfits seeking intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Mahadayi river water-sharing row between the state and its neighbour Goa.

Manjula Jayaraj Naidu, KRV's District president for Nelemangala, says the central government does not have Karnataka's interests at heart and is instead with Goa.

Private cab services like Ola and Uber will be operational during 'Karnataka Bandh' call.

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.

Several firms including IT giant Wipro has declared a holiday for employees. "Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission critical project", it said in a statement.

State transport buses are expected to run as usual, but private vehicles may stay off the road. Shah is to hold a rally on 25 January in Mysuru, which coincides with a state-wide bandh, while Modi will arrive in Bengaluru on 4 February - the day of the state capital bandh - for BJP's Parivartan Yatra valedictory function.

In response, BJP has called for bandhs in districts when Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits Karnataka, which is scheduled to go to polls later this year.

Amit Shah will address the final rally of the Navakarnataka Nirmana Parivarthana Yatra is scheduled to start at Maharaja's College Grounds in Mysuru at 2 pm.

In an appeal to the public to maintain peace and calm on Thursday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, "No one should resort to or encourage unlawful activities during the bandh". We will show Siddharamaiah who is playing politics. "The BJP should request the organisers of the bandh to call off the bandh". What is your (CM) stand?

Kannada activists and protesters staged a protest in front of the Mysuru City KSRTC Bus Terminal at KR Circle on Thursday morning and raised slogans against the Goa government and urged the Centre to intervene to address the Mahadayi River water issue. The dispute of Mahadayi water sharing grew since last two decades after the Karnataka former barrages and canals to divert water for meeting the requirements of some districts like Bagalkot, Belgavi, Gadag and Dharwad which have faced water scarcity problem.

When the Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal in Delhi begins its hearing on February 6, it will expose both the national parties in Karnataka as neither has pursued the matter even though the Mahadayi agitation by farmers in north Karnataka region entered the 900th day on January 1.

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