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Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

Karnataka and neighbouring Goa have conflicting interests on the issue of sharing Mahadayi River water.

Pro-Kannada activists called for Karnataka Bandh today (Jan.25) demanding Mahadayi water to Karnataka and they have called Bengaluru bandh on Feb.4 on the day of PM Modi's visit to Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce have extended their support to the bandh.

A state-wide bandh disrupted life across different parts of Karnataka on Thursday as pro-Kannada outfits demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with Goa.

As the date for assembly elections in Karnataka draws closer, both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are using state-wide bandhs to settle political scores in the poll-bound state.




Earlier in the day, a group of protesters made an attempt to disrupt rail services by entering the Bengaluru's Sangolli Rayanna railway station but were detained by the police. State-run buses might continue to operate. 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. "Congress is even now behaving like it did during the emergency by deploying police to hold off supporters and by organising Mahadayi bandhs matching my and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji's Parivartana Yatra address", he said. Mahadayi is river originates in Karnataka but largely flows through the Goa before vacating in the Arabian Sea. Hoping to end Congress' rule in the state, BJP is banking on Modi and Shah to boost its prospects in the state where the Grand Old Party too is on a strong wicket.

Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 thousand million cubic feet of the river water to meet the drinking needs of its people in the drought-prone districts and irrigating the farmlands.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah who was present in Mysuru today stated the shutdown as "politically motivated" and accused the state government of calling satewide shutdown to prevent PM Modi's rally on February 4.

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