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


"We have deployed about 15,000 police personnel across the city, especially in vital areas where sensitive installations are present for safety and security of the people", asserted Kumar.

Shah said within four years, more than 20 activists of BJP and RSS had been killed. What makes Modi's visit crucial is that, with this rally, he will kick start the party's election campaign in the state. "BJP leaders were embarrassed by the empty chairs during the previous rally attended by Shah in Bengaluru", mocked the CM, adding that he was not petty minded to obstruct the BJP's rally.

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.

The Karnataka bandh has been called to put pressure on the state and central governments to resolve the Mahadayi water sharing dispute.

The 12-hour shutdown was observed for getting the Mahadayi river water from neighbouring Goa to meet the drinking needs of the people in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad and Hubballi districts. Until his intervention, we will conduct protests at different stages. They cite previous instances of similar bandhs leading to no breakthrough in the existing crisis.


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.

Karnataka plans to divert waters from the river to Malaprabha basin in the state. Since the NDA government was in power at the Centre, Parrikar's arguments were given precedence and the project was stalled. However, Goa opposed the Karnataka's move and took the issue to Supreme Court in 2006.

Every action will have an equal and opposite reaction, or at least that is what the ruling Congress party and the challenger BJP seem to be telling each other in Karnataka about three months before the state elects a new legislative assembly. It is for this reason that Yeddyurappa is trying to convince protestors to end their agitation, an attempt that has seemingly failed.

The bandh calls have now given the issue a whole new dimension, with Nagaraj saying, "a bandh for a bandh is nothing but opportunistic politics".

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