The pro-Kannada organizations have called for a statewide bandh in Karnataka today, 9th September, 2016 to protest against the Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.
This bandh is the second bandh in the Karnataka in less than a week’s time and the fourth bandh this year, 2016. In Bengaluru, which only depends on the river for drinking water to its 10-million denizens, the IT industry, comprising software majors companies like Infosys and Wipro and about 400 multinationals, announced a holiday for its techies in support of the shutdown.
Also public transportation may be affected as state transport buses will stay off the roads, and autos, taxis and cab unions are extending their support to bandh. Also, Metro services is likely to be hit.
Markets, malls and cinema halls have also been asked to remain close today in Karnataka. And also Schools and colleges have announced a holiday today and attendance at government offices will not be required.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told that, “As releasing water has stirred the opinions of the people, we do not oppose the bandh (shutdown), but it should be peaceful.” He also appealed for peace and said to the people not to harm public property during the bandh.
Important supplies such as milk and medicines, have been relieved from the shutdown. Ambulances will be allowed to carry patients to hospitals.
People have been warned not to enter Karnataka in vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration numbers, with protesters stationing themselves at the border between the two states. The protests began in Karnataka’s Mandya district on Monday after the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 15,000 cusecs of water from the river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days.
Former PM HD Deve Gowda of the JD(S) will meet PM Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the matter and explain Karnataka’s point of view.
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