Karnataka bandh today as the several farmers and Kannada organisation has called for a state-wide bandh. The Kannada organisations along with the farmers have called for two bandhs in Karnataka and Bengaluru in 10 days to protest against the ongoing Mahaday river dispute between the state government and neighbouring state Goa. In Bengaluru bandh to be observed on 4th February on the day when PM Modi is holding his rally across Bengaluru. The pro-Kannada organisation who are observing bandh in Karnataka and Bengaluru are demanding to PM Modi to interfere in the matter.
Today, farmers and pro-Kannada organisations are observing bandh in Karnataka which led to shutting down of various schools and colleges.The private schools, as well as the state government school, remain closed for today during the bandh. According to the sources, the associated management of the primary and secondary schools in Karnataka have urged the private school to keep safety and security of staff as well as students if they are opening schools during Karnataka bandh. As per the reports, various IT and other offices in Bengaluru and Karnataka have asked their employees to do work from home during the statewide bandh.
The buses and the transportation services, however, will work during the statewide bandh. But the taxi and cab services will remain closed during the bandh in the state. The bandh in Karnataka has called by the North Karnataka farmers and pro-Kannada to protest against the decades ago Mahadayi water sharing issue between Karnataka and Goa. Mahadayi is river originates in Karnataka but largely flows through the Goa before vacating in the Arabian Sea. The dispute of Mahadayi water sharing grew since last two decades after the Karnataka former barrages and canals to divert water for meeting the requirements of some districts like Bagalkot, Belgavi, Gadag and Dharwad which have faced water scarcity problem. However, Goa opposed the Karnataka’s move and took the issue to Supreme Court in 2006.