Pro-Karnataka organisations, along with farmers called for a statewide bandh on Friday after the Karnataka government released Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu on a Supreme Court directive.
The busiest streets of the IT city are shut, as is the district Mandya and the City of Palaces — Mysuru, among other parts of the state. Petrol pumps, and eateries are reportedly shut, as an extension of support to the farmers' union and pro-Karnataka organisations, as are schools and colleges and a few offices in Bengaluru.
People are staging protests all across including at the border of the two states, and at some of the junctions of Bengaluru like Town Hall, JP Nagar and Manyata Tech Park, among others. Public transports have also been stopped in the city, informed Bengaluru City Police through their Twitter handle.
Social media is quick to take the hashtag #KarnatakaBandh over, and talk about the shutdown. While some of them have said that the issue is baseless, many of them showed their concern over the bandh and the whole controversy around the issue of Cauvery water dispute. Here's how Twitterati has been reacting:
Not only we lost water, Bandh loss will hit us badly.. Politicians dont care. Insult to injury. #KarnatakaBandh
— Shanmugam Ramu (@sramu) September 9, 2016
— Shantanu Arlekar (@ShantanuVa) September 9, 2016
It's a matter of 10 days.15000 cusecs to be given to TN. If u use less water and adjust, what's harm in that! #KarnatakaBandh
— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshi85) September 9, 2016
— Sindhu Ramesh (@sindhu2093) September 9, 2016
— Team Puneeth ® (@TeamPuneeth) September 9, 2016
#KarnatakaBandh Total shutdown in Bengaluru. No buses/autos/metro. Medical shops/ petrol bunks/ banks/malls also shut. No schools & colleges — ChristinMathewPhilip (@ChristinMP_TNIE) September 9, 2016
Instead of giving freebies why can't TN Govt build dams 2 store water instead f getting excess water frm 4 dams of Karnataka #KarnatakaBandh
— Sharath SN (@snsharath88) September 9, 2016
— Rasheed Kappan (@kappansky) July 31, 2016
Bandh in Karnataka is illegal. This is ploy by politicians to divert people's attention frm basic issues. They be penalised.#KarnatakaBandh
— MP Sinha (@IamMadhurendra) September 9, 2016
— Anusha Ravi (@anusharavi10) September 9, 2016
Another band in Karnataka , the 4th one in last 45 days.. If the government is not able to govern the state, please resign #KarnatakaBandh
— Ashutosh Khaitan (@KhaitanAshutosh) September 9, 2016
— Sharan Poovanna (@sharanpoovanna) September 9, 2016
— KirikKeerthi (@KirikKeerthi) September 9, 2016
— ಬಾಲಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೆ ಎಸ್ (@KrsBalu) September 9, 2016