State is all set to witness second bandh in less than a week’s time. To mark protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the state is going to shut down tomorrow.
Various organizations have extended their support to the bandh call. The state is expected to have a complete shutdown and support the state-wide protest.
The bandh has garnered support from various organisations. Cabs, autorickshwas, and private travel agencies have extended their support for the bandh. The transportation is expected to be crippled completely all over the Cauvery basin. Hotel industry, film industry, malls and theatres have also pledged not to function tomorrow.
Though Karnataka State Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) have adopted the policy of wait and watch, the buses are likely to stay off the roads. Many private educational institutions have declared a holiday on a safety account. Government schools and colleges will decide later in the evening.
Speaking to the media, Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Party said that more than thousand organizations, including Dr Raj Kumar Abhimanigala Sangha, Kannada Rrakshana Vedike, Kannada Sene and many others have extended their support for the state bandh. Kannada activists held a road show under the leadership of Vatal Nagaraj to seek the support of the public for the bandh. More than one lakh people are expected to take part in the protest march from Town Hall to Freedom Park in Bengaluru, said Vatal Nagaraj.
Film industry has also extended its support. No film shooting will take place on Friday. All the theatres, multiplexes will remain shut. Film stars, including Darshan Toogudeep, Prem will take part in the protest in Mandya.
Apart from the essential services, everything else will be stopped. KSRTC and BMTC, bus service to Tamil Nadu, taxi and cabs, vegetable markets, commercial complexes, government offices and banks, schools and colleges are expected to remain shut. Ambulances, pharmacies, and hospitals will function normally.
Due to bandh, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called off his visit to Chamarajanagar district. Major areas under the Cauvery basin, Mysuru, Mandya, Sriranga Pattana, are expected to put up protests against the Supreme Court ruling on Cauvery.
Students of Mysore University have geared up for the bandh. They have will be boycotting classes in support of the bandh. Mysuru Industries Association has backed the bandh and has requested the industries of Mysuru to extend support.
Protests in city on Thursday:
The agitation mode in the city continued over Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu. Various organisations including Dalita Vidyarthi Okkuta, research scholars and students association of University of Mysore, Karnataka Sena Pade and various other organisations and individuals staged protest and raised slogans against the state government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. At Agrahara Circle, members of the Karnataka Sena Pade led by Tejesh Lokeshgowda staged a protest and later did ‘Ururlu Seva’ opposing the Supreme Court decision.
Students and research scholars of UoM expressed their anger by burning tyres at Paduvarahalli traffic signal junction. Hundreds of students of UoM boycotted classes and took part in the huge rally. Corporator B M Nataraju staged protest in front of Ambedkar statue in Gandhinagar. Members of the Yuva Bharath Sanghatan, distributed water and fruits to shopkeepers on D Devaraj Urs Road and insisted them to take part in the bandh.