Karnataka bandh to be observed on 25th January over Mahadayi river dispute. The Kannada organisations and farmers have decided to hold two bandhs in Karnataka for next two weeks over the issue of Mahdayi river. As per the media reports, the Kannada group has also called for Bengaluru bandh on 4th February. The pro-Kannada organisation has decided to call state-wide bandh across Karnataka and Bengaluru to resolve the Mahadayi river dispute. As per the reports, the PM Modi to attend BJP’s Parivarthana rally on 4th February that will coincide with Bengaluru bandh. The pro-Kannada organisation has asked PM Modi to interfere in the decade’s long Mahadayi river dispute between the state and Goa.
The protestors and the farmer who called for bandh are demanding to the Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa to resolve the issue which was promised by him earlier. The pro-Kannada organisation has called for a bandh to put pressure on the Centre to resolve the decades ago dispute over Mahadayi water sharing. However, BS Yeddyurappa has tried to convince the farmers to end up this protest by citing the letter which he wrote to Goa CM Manohar Parrikar but he couldn’t succeed. Whereas reacting to the issue of bandh over Mahadayi river dispute the BJP’s state chief BS Yeddyurappa claimed that the Congress is backing the bandh in Karnataka and Bengaluru because they don’t want people to attend the rally of PM Modi in Bengaluru.
Last year in December also the farmer groups have called a bandh over the issue on the demand of drought-prone areas of the region not being met that have affected the lives of normal people in the five northern districts. During the bandh, most of the shops, schools and colleges were closed. And the buses or the other means of transportation was also affected by the bandh across the districts such as Belagavi, Haveri, Dharwad, Bagalkot and Gadag nearby Malaprabha river.