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Live updates on the Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi dispute

Live updates on the Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi dispute

BJP leaders Jagadish Shettar, Opposition leader in the State Assembly, and former State President Prahlad Joshi, MP, have strongly criticised the proposed Bengaluru Bandh on February 4to protest against the Centre's inaction to resolve the Mahadayi water sharing dispute with Goa, the day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city, as a Congress-sponsored move. The groups have called for Karnataka bandh demanding the Prime Minister's intervention in the dispute.

While the film industry and multiplexes made a decision 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.

Almost 15,000 policemen and 50 battalions of Karnataka State Police will be deployed on Thursday.

Public transport like buses and autos are also expected to run normally.

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.

Pro-Kannad organisations have called for a state-wide bandh in Karanataka on January 25.

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The bandhs have been called on January 25 when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will address a rally in Mysuru and a Bengaluru bandh on February 4, when PM Narendra Modi arrives.

Very few hotels, restaurants and eateries were opened in the city, and stray minor incidents of stone-throwing were also reported with the bandh organisers targeting shops that refused to down shutters.

They demand the PM's intervention in the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project by bringing a compromise between Goa and Maharashtra, so that the state of Karnataka can get its share of the waters.

Eminent tech companies like Wipro and Accenture have also announced a holiday for their employees.

Meanwhile, the Mahadayi water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa has remained a hard nut to crack for multiple governments; it has been a rallying point for all the political parties during elections. While stating that neither Congress, nor the government, has anything to do with the bandh, he claimed that he has earlier asked BJP to request Kannada organisations against organising the bandh. "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.


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