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Karnataka bandh: Schools, offices may remain closed on 25 January

28 January, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Karnataka bandh on Thursday over Mahadayi water dispute; schools, several offices to remain closed

What impact did the bandh have on normal life?

However, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have made a decision to operate buses as usual.

Although, the frequency of cabs and auto rickshaws were very low in Bengaluru during the day, normalcy returned with the reopening of buses and shops in the evening. City buses stopped plying after around 10.30 a.m.

The state government has deployed police personnel to maintain law and order situation.

Vatal Nagaraj, who heads 'Kannada Okoota, ' an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies that led the protest march from town hall to Freedom Park in the city on Thursday, warned protests in front of the Parliament if the Prime Minister does not intervene in the matter.

"Kannada organisations backing out from the bandh on January 25 is absolutely false", he said. We are demanding Mr Narendra Modi's intervention as he is in power at present. "Finally we will also stage protest in front of Parliament in Delhi".

'On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today. Several examinations were also rescheduled.

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

While the film industry and multiplexes chose to remain shut, shopping malls, hospitals and clinics functioned normally, with Indian Medical Association office bearers stating they will be extending moral support by wearing a black band. However some isolated incidents of stone pelting on Goa registered cars were reported while protesters tried to stop trains in some places.

"Claiming that at least 20 Rashtirya Swayamsevak Sangh and BJP workers have been murdered in the state in the last four years, Shah, who addressed the party's Parivartan Rally in Mysuru, said, "[The] BJP will bring them to justice come what may after forming the government in the state".

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.



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