Live updates on the Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi dispute

Posted January 27, 2018

Pro-Kannada outfits called for a bandh demanding PM Narendra Modi's intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water row with neighbouring Goa.

"Mahadayi water dispute was created by the Centre and Goa's Chief Minister".

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

Though autorickshaws and cabs were seen plying, they were out in lesser numbers.

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Earlier in the day, a group of protestors tried to disrupt rail services by entering the Bengaluru's Sangolli Rayanna railway station but police stopped and detained them. With no resolution of the crisis in sight, the farmers from Karnataka's drought prone districts, particularly Gadag, Dharwad, Belagavi, Haveri, and Bagalkot have raised the banner of revolt against the central government to end the crisis. The Bruhat Bengaluru Chemists and Druggists' Association said that while it supports the bandh, medical shops will be open.

In a tit-for-tat move to the bandh call during BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits to Karnataka, the party's state unit on Wednesday made a decision to observe district-specific shutdown during Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's state tour.

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.

If the Karnataka government has failed to represent it's case before the Tribunal, the opposition BJP swung into action only in an election year, and BJP state president Yeddyurappa intervened and managed to extract only an assurance from Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar last month.

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Eminent tech companies like Wipro and Accenture have also announced a holiday for their employees. Mahadayi is river originates in Karnataka but largely flows through the Goa before vacating in the Arabian Sea.

Several offices and commercial buildings such as malls, markets etc were shut as several Karnataka organisations called a state-wide bandh on Thursday. Thus a bandh has been called in Bengaluru on February 4 as well.

Shah, while addressing a Parivartana rally here, assured that the BJP government would bring the culprits to justice after coming to power in the state.

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