Karnataka bandh on Jan 25 'politically motivated', says BJP

Jan 27, 2018, 19:18
Karnataka bandh on Jan 25 'politically motivated', says BJP

Karnataka's Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had on Wednesday urged pro-Kannada organisations and the other protesters to observe a peaceful Bandh on January 25.

"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. In an official statement, Wipro said, "On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today".

Shah said within four years, more than 20 activists of BJP and RSS had been killed. Mahadayi is river originates in Karnataka but largely flows through the Goa before vacating in the Arabian Sea.

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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. Shah is to hold a rally on 25 January in Mysuru, which coincides with a state-wide bandh, while Modi will arrive in Bengaluru on 4 February - the day of the state capital bandh - for BJP's Parivartan Yatra valedictory function.

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. "I am warning the chief minister and the Congress party that if this is their attitude, then when Rahul Gandhi comes to the state it will become necessary for us to call for a bandh".

BJP president Amit Shah today hit out at the Siddaramaiah government, dubbing it "a corrupt, malicious and oppressive" regime and asked the people to "root it out" in the upcoming assembly polls. What is your (CM) stand? The groups are protesting against the non-implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project which would divert water from the Mahadayi river to districts in north Karnataka facing acute water shortage.

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The Mahadayi water sharing dispute has become a hot-button issue since the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, B.S. Yeddyurappa, read out a letter written by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at a public rally in Hubballi.

Repeated efforts by the state seeking the prime minister's intervention to solve the issue has also not been successful.

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