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Karnataka bandh updates: Metro resumes operation in Bengaluru, life limps back to normal as 12-hour deadline nears end

Pro-Kannada outfits have called for a Karnataka bandh on Thursday when BJP chief Amit Shah will address a rally in Mysuru.

FP Staff January 25, 2018 18:17:27 IST
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Karnataka bandh updates: Metro resumes operation in Bengaluru, life limps back to normal as 12-hour deadline nears end

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17:04 (ist)

Karnataka schools, colleges to compensate for academic loss in Feb

"Schools, colleges that will be remain closed due to bandh, called by pro-Kannada groups and farmers to demand a solution to the Mahadayi water sharing dispute, will have to compensate by working full day on 3 or 10 February, both Saturdays," The Statesman reported. 

The report further said that the administration has said that if the schools or colleges are not able to compensate for the loss of studies, they may remain open on subsequent Sundays too, since exams are closing in. 

16:33 (ist)

Karnataka opens up Mahadayi tributary, flow yet to resume towards Goa

Amid a raging resource-sharing dispute between Maharashtra and Goa, The Times of India reported that Karnataka, which had earlier blocked the water from a tributary of Mahadayi river to flow into Goa, has now removed the mud embankment. 

Goa had taken objection to the news reports revealing that Karnataka had resumed work on the Kalsa canal in Kankumbi despite a Supreme Court order, in which the court had ordered Karnataka to stop the work on the construction of the canal, which was aimed at diverting water from the Mahadayi tributary.

16:12 (ist)

Karnataka shutdown hits India’s tech hub: IT giants suspend operations 

According to a report in The News MinuteIT majors Infosys, Wipro and other multinational firms had to suspend their operations for the day, in view of the Karnataka Bandh. 

"Localities like Whitefield, a suburb in the northeastern part of the city, and Manyata Tech Park in the northern part, housing several global IT giants like Microsoft, IBM and Cognizant, have also suspended their operations for the day," the report read. 

13:47 (ist)

Low response to bandh in Bagalkot 

The Hindu reports that there was a low response to the bandh in Bagalkot district, except in Badami taluk. In Bagalkot city, it was business as usual and education institutions were open.

08:09 (ist)

What is at the heart of the Mahadayi dispute?

Karnataka, which has locked horns with neighbouring Goa  on sharing Mahadayi River water, is seeking release of 7.56  tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project. In Goa, the same river is called Mandovi. The project is being undertaken to improve drinking  water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and  districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

08:08 (ist)

Siddaramaiah distances himself from bandh

Rejecting BJP's charges that the bandh were instigated by the ruling Congress,Siddaramaiah has termed it as baseless, PTI reported. Stating that neither Congress, nor the government,has  anything to do with the bandh, he had earlier asked BJP to request Kannada organisations against organising the bandh.

07:30 (ist)

Postpone or reschedule exams, says deputy commissioner

Deccan Herald quoted the deputy commissioner as saying that educational institutions will function on Thursday, but the DDPI and DDPU have been directed to either postpone or reschedule the exams scheduled for Thursday.

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Jan 25, 2018 - 18:00 (IST)

Namma Metro resumes operation in Bengaluru

Input by Mahesh bacham/ Team101 reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 17:53 (IST)

Karnataka Congress president says Amit Shah lied about RSS workers killing in rally

Jan 25, 2018 - 17:49 (IST)

Goa sets up 4 member panel to monitor water diversion from Mahadayi

The Goa government has set up a committee to monitor any activity in Maharashtra or Karnataka to divert the Mahadayi river water amidst a growing dispute over resource sharing between the two states.

The committee will comprise four officers from the state water resources department and jas orders to report any construction activity envisaged or started by Karnataka or Maharashtra in the Mahadayi basin. 

The riparian states of the Mahadayi (known as Mandovi in Goa), have been locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of the water of the river, which originates in Belagavi in Karnataka. The matter is pending before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.

PTI

Jan 25, 2018 - 17:14 (IST)

These youngsters from city colleges in Mysore were not sure why they were attending a Amit Shah rally and when asked who would they be supporting in this year's elections, they said they did not know as they had not voted before.

Input by Nivedita Niranjankumar, 101Reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 17:04 (IST)

Karnataka schools, colleges to compensate for academic loss in Feb

"Schools, colleges that will be remain closed due to bandh, called by pro-Kannada groups and farmers to demand a solution to the Mahadayi water sharing dispute, will have to compensate by working full day on 3 or 10 February, both Saturdays," The Statesman reported. 

The report further said that the administration has said that if the schools or colleges are not able to compensate for the loss of studies, they may remain open on subsequent Sundays too, since exams are closing in. 

Jan 25, 2018 - 16:50 (IST)

Protests in Bijapur in Karnataka over Mahadayi river dispute

Around 25 people gathered at Gandhi Chowk in Bijapur on Thursday as part of the state-wide bandh called by several pro-Kannada outfits, demanding the Centre’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. The protesters were taken to the police station and later released.

Input by Tamanna Naseer from Bijapur, 101Reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 16:33 (IST)

Karnataka opens up Mahadayi tributary, flow yet to resume towards Goa

Amid a raging resource-sharing dispute between Maharashtra and Goa, The Times of India reported that Karnataka, which had earlier blocked the water from a tributary of Mahadayi river to flow into Goa, has now removed the mud embankment. 

Goa had taken objection to the news reports revealing that Karnataka had resumed work on the Kalsa canal in Kankumbi despite a Supreme Court order, in which the court had ordered Karnataka to stop the work on the construction of the canal, which was aimed at diverting water from the Mahadayi tributary.

Jan 25, 2018 - 16:12 (IST)

Karnataka shutdown hits India’s tech hub: IT giants suspend operations 

According to a report in The News MinuteIT majors Infosys, Wipro and other multinational firms had to suspend their operations for the day, in view of the Karnataka Bandh. 

"Localities like Whitefield, a suburb in the northeastern part of the city, and Manyata Tech Park in the northern part, housing several global IT giants like Microsoft, IBM and Cognizant, have also suspended their operations for the day," the report read. 

Jan 25, 2018 - 16:07 (IST)

Siddaramaiah writes to PM Modi to confer the title of 'Bharat Ratna' on Sri Sri Sri Sivakumara Swamigalu

Jan 25, 2018 - 16:04 (IST)

Meanwhile... few women in the crowd claim they were brought from Kumarkopa by BJP workers to sit in crowd

Input by Nivedita Niranjankumar, 101Reporters

Latest updates: BJP chief Amit Shah concluded his speech with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. He said that the Siddaramaiah government was afraid of giving the people of Karnataka benefits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's schemes. He told the people to vote for BJP to get the full benefits of the work done by the central government. He also raised the issue of the political killings in Karnataka. He said the next BJP government will see to it that all the BJP, RSS workers who have died get justice.

Low response was recorded to the bandh in Bagalkot district in northern Karnataka. Chikkamagalur MLA CT Ravi tweeted that the "Siddaramaiah-sponsored" bandh is a plot to stop BJP from dethroning 'Tughlaq'.

Goa has suspended bus services to Karnataka as state reels under protest over the Mahadayi water sharing issue, reported News18. Meanwhile, a group of protesters are moving to Freedom Park, where they will be talking to authorities to seek resolution of the issue.

Wading into the Mahadayi river row, actor Prakash Raj says “we Kannadigas” have a right to the water. The issue has taken over the political discourse in Karnataka, with pro-Kannada outfits staging a state-wide bandh against the Centre’s “inaction” over the river sharing dispute with Goa. The dawn-to-dusk bandh coincides with BJP’s chief Amit Shah’s visit to Mysuru for a public meeting.

Vatal Nagaraj will begin the 2-kilometre procession from Bengaluru's Town Hall soon.

Karnataka Bandh called on Thursday effective mostly in Bengaluru and Mysuru. Reports from north Karnataka districts of Hubbali, Dharwad, Belgavi, Bidar and Bijapur suggest an ineffective bandh in these regions, as businesses remain open and daily affairs go on normally. 

Protests across the state and Bengaluru were more or less peaceful until 10 this morning, when various pro-Kannada organisations came out in support of the 12-hour bandh. Several banks in Mysuru, including State Bank of India and the Mysore Merchants Co-Op Bank Limited, declared holiday as protests in Mysuru gathered steam.

Several protesters burnt tyres near Majestic in Bengaluru where activists also roughed up an effigy of the Goa water minister.

Manjula Jayaraj Naidu, KRV's District president for Nelemangala, says the central government does not have Karnataka's interests at heart and is instead with Goa.

Shopkeepers in Bengaluru said that the cadres of Karnataka Rakshana Vedhike will come soon to shut things down and till then they will keep the shops open. A small squad of police were deployed near the area who said they will ensure peace but will not interfere with the forced closures. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday, film producer Sa Ra Govindu demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene in the Mahadayi river water sharing row and direct the Goa government to share water with Karnataka.

With BJP chief Amit Shah set to speak in Mysuru amid the 12-hour bandh, 30 Karnataka state police personnel and 30 Railway Protection Forces personnel have been deployed for security at the Mysore railway station.

Sub inspector Santhosh PG tells Firstpost that over 500 police officers have been deployed just at Town Hall in Bengaluru, which is expected to be one of the epicenters of the protest. A procession is expected to be flagged off here and will end in Freedom Park which is two kilometres away.

Wipro and Accenture have declared holiday for their employees in Karnataka in view of the statewide bandh that has called today. 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. Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission critical project."

While BS Yeddyurappa has been blaming Siddaramaiah for instigating the bandh, the Karnataka chief minister has called dismissed the charge as "baseless". 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.

Rahul Gandhi will kick start his campaign for the coming Assembly polls on 10 February. During his three-day visit, the first after being made All India Congress Committee chief, he will address a mega conference and conduct a road show.

Stating that party workers are being informed about the bandh, Yeddyurappa said BJP was not calling for a state-wide bandh, but for a bandh in those districts on the day Rahul Gandhi would visit them. "It is to show to Siddaramaiah who is playing politics, that we also know how to play politics as a national party.It is also with an intention to resolve the Mahadayi river water dispute. We are still ready to put in our efforts towards finding resolution, but it is Siddaramaiah who is causing obstruction to it," he added.

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 decided to observe district-specific shutdown during Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's state tour.

BJP has termed as "politically motivated" a call for a Karnataka bandh on Thursday and Bengaluru bandh on 4 February by  pro-Kannada outfits demanding the prime minister's mediation in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa.

The BJP has alleged government's role in the selection of dates when Shah and Modi are expected to visit the poll bound state to take part in 'Nava Karnataka Parivartana Yatre', organised by the state unit. Pro-Kannada outfits have called for a Karnataka bandh on Thursday when Shah will address a rally in Mysuru and a Bengaluru bandh on 4 February, the day Modi arrives to address a rally.

"We have decided that when Rahul Gandhi comes to Karnataka,we will call for a complete bandh in those districts he will be visiting," BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said. Speaking to reporters in Madikeri, he said the intention was to seek a clarification from Rahul Gandhi about his stand on releasing Mahadayi river water. Rejecting BJP's charges that the bandhs were instigated by the ruling Congress, Siddaramaiah has termed it as baseless.

Stating that neither Congress, nor the government, has anything to do with the bandh, he had earlier asked BJP to  request Kannada organisations against organising the bandh. Yeddyurappa alleged that Siddaramaiah was indulging in this kind of act purposefully with an intention that Shah's programme should not succeed. "But the programme will go on as planned," he said.

Questioning the silence of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi on the issue, he alleged that Siddaramaiah too has not done anything to convince Goa Congress on the matter.

"Purposefully, a conspiracy has been hatched to project BJP as guilty.I want clarification from the Chief Minister... what is the stand of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi? What is your (CM) stand? Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked.
Karnataka, which has locked horns with neighbouring Goa on sharing Mahadayi River water, is seeking release of 7.56 tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

The project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

Attempts by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal through discussion has failed to bear fruit.

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

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