The state (Karnataka) bandh has been called by the pro-Kannada organizations asking for early implementations of Mekedaatu and Mahadyi projects. However, the Monday bandh received a lukewarm response in the state. The protesters alleged that they will go a big protest march from Town Hall to Vidhana Soudha, but it is improbable that the protesters will be allowed to go near Vidhana Soudha as the session is ongoing and the police have tightened security orders around the building.
A full-day bandh called by the pro-Kannada activists turned out a damp due to poor response. From the shop and business establishments to traffic, everything was normal and nothing was disturbed. When the protestors tried to take out a rally from the Town Hall to Vidhana Soudha (Karnataka Assembly, the police packed them into BMTC buses and took them to a secret destination. The protestors wanted to put down blockade to the assembly in the support of their demands. Few of the educational institutions closed down voluntarily, banks, business establishments, government and private offices functioned normally. Life stays unaffected crosswise over Karnataka with KRSTC and private transports, auto rickshaws moving freely all the day. In Bengaluru, Schools were seen opened just like any normal day, private employees rushing towards the office and in particular, public transport including Metro rails and BMTC running normally.
The bandh had a small effect in Gulbarga, Mysuru and North Karnataka and in coastal districts as well, there’s no reaction to Karnataka bandh. The police control room confirms that the life is as regularly with people approaching like their day by day activities and vehicle movement is normal as well. As the Pro-Kannada groups called for a statewide bandh, the Karnataka police are in no mood of taking it easy and that’s why they deployed 15,000-plus police personnel, 78 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve in the city of Bengaluru. The Pro-Kannada organizations called for a statewide bandh today for their various demands, including loan waiver, Prime Minister’s involvement in the Mahadyi river water dispute and a permanent solution to the issue of water shortage in parched areas.
The whole day bandh has been called by “Kannada Okoota”, an umbrella association of Kannada bodies. On Sunday, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah said that the ‘Karnataka bandh’ called by different associations won’t be effective. The government of Karnataka had taken enough precautions to make sure that normal life is not upset due to the bandh. The Karnataka government also locked horns with neighboring on the bigger issue of sharing the Mahadyi River water between both the states.