K'taka bandh: Schools, colleges in Ballari to stay shut tomorrow

Mahadayi water verdict protest
Mahadayi water verdict

27 January, 2018

A state-wide shutdown in Karnataka came into effect on Thursday with farmers and pro-Kannada groups calling for a 12-hour "bandh" from 6 AM to 6 PM over the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute. The impact of the bandh was mainly experienced in the northern districts of the southern state as public services remained completely shut. The BJP has alleged that Congress government has a role to play in the selection of dates as they are coinciding with the visits of Shah and Modi.

Shettar said Siddaramiah was instigating and supporting the activists to call for a bandh on February 4.

The warning from the BJP comes on the back of the state's Congress unit extending its support to the call for a bandh from pro-Kannada organisations led by Vatal Nagaraj, on the days Shah and Modi are visiting the state. "Finally, we will also stage protest in front of Parliament in Delhi", he said.

The dawn-todusk Karnataka bandh on Thursday was near total in Bengaluru. Protests were also staged in front of Manyata Embassy Business Park, a software technology park in the city, alleging that several IT companies inside were functioning as usual, evading the bandh call.

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While the film industry and multiplexes chose to remain shut, hospitals and clinics are expected to function as usual, with the Indian Medical Association office bearers stating that they will be extending moral support by wearing a black band.

The educational institutions have chose to remain shut in view of the security of the students. 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.

Shravanabelagola in Hassan District in the State is to hold on February 07 the once-in-twelve-years affair of the popular Jain festival "Mahamasthabhishekha" in which President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka chief-minister Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda would take part. It is no secret that Parrikar heads a coalition government in Goa and is in no position to initiate talks with Karnataka without taking the BJP's allies into confidence.

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