The Pro-Kannada outfits have put forward a number of issues over which Karnataka bandh has been called. While primary among them is farm loan waiver, the bigger stress has been laid on water issues. These include disputes with neighboring states over the waters of the Cauvery and Mahadayi rivers, as well as the Mekedatu project over the Cauvery.
Karnataka: Pro-Kannada organizations call for Karnataka Bandh today; Demanding Modi over farm loan waiver and water issues.
The bandh has been called by the Kannada okoota– an umbrella grouping of pro-Kannada bodies led by Vatal Nagaraj. A six-time MLA, Nagaraj himself is the leader of the pro-Kannada political party Karnataka Chaluvali Vatal Paksha (KCVP).
The normal life will not be affected with the bandh as informed by the protesters. ‘Kannada Okoota’. This bandh will be conducted in a peaceful manner until Narendra Modi gets into the issue and solve it immeadiately.
The protestors said that they will lead a huge protest march from Town hall to Vidhana Soudha.
The city may not be badly affected by the bandh called by pro-Kannada organizations on Monday. Auto rickshaws, metro and buses will operate, according to officials and union leaders. Schools will remain open on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner V Shankar said that schools in Bengaluru would remain open on Monday. However, as a precautionary measure several universities have postponed their exams. Bengaluru University has postponed its fourth semester postgraduate exams, while Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has postponed its seventh semester examination. The first year B.Ed examinations too have been postponed.
BMRCL, KSRTC, BMTC to run operations depending on situation. Auto drivers union and taxi operators union have said they will not be joining the bandh.
However, the Kannada Okoota is trying their best to ensure that commercial establishments are made aware of the bandh and they stay shut on Monday.