The state-wide bandh called by Karnataka organisations and farmers on 25 January is expected to affect life across the state and capital Bengaluru. Private schools and government offices are expected to remain closed in view of the bandh.
Citing safety issues, the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka said member-schools would remain closed on 25 January. Deccan Herald report said that since the holiday hinders teachers from covering the syllabus ahead of the upcoming exams, schools will conduct additional classes
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However, association members also felt that 25 January be most probably be declared a holiday since noone nows what preparations are in place to handle the law and order situation in the city. Reports said that the Bengaluru Metro is expected to run normally.
If and only if there is a hindrance to the safety of the passengers, we will inform the police and stop services. Transport services would, however, function on Thursday. Several app-based taxi services said on the social media that they would function as normal. However services in Hubbali and other parts of northern Karnataka are likely to be severely hit as the epicentre of the protests are in those areas. KarnatakaBandh Transport authorities have said they would operate services on Thursday.
Ride-hailing apps have said on social media that they would be functioning https: However, fissures have emerged among the various groups who have called for the bandh, which is over Mahadayi river water sharing row. Nagaraj also demanded the prime minister's intervention.
Other groups have, however, opposed to the bandh. Several Kannada activists had expressed anger and questioned Nagaraj's decision to call for a bandh. We will not support it. Our intention of calling a bandh on 27 January was to pressure Modi to intervene in the Mahadayi issue, as he was to visit the state on 28 January. Frequent bandhs are causing a lot of inconvenience to the public, who are now upset.
There are others who support the bandh wholeheartedly. The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association is not only participating in the shutdown but also giving away a day's salary for the cause. Private bus operators said that services will continue as long as there is no violence. The New Indian Express reported that several IT firms in Bengaluru have told their employees to either take the day off or work from home.
However, the union members said services will not be stopped despite their own protest as well as the bandh. The management of the corporations has also decided not to suspend services.
Bangalore University has postponed all exams scheduled for 25 January. It has up the revised schedule on its website bangaloreuniversity. Time and venue remain unchanged, reports have said.
The outfits have announced the strike in order to put pressure on the state and central governments to resolve the Mahadayi water-sharing dispute.
They are protesting against the non-implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project, which will divert water from the Mahadayi river to districts in North Karnataka. The call for bandh has sparked a bitter war-of-words between the ruling Congress and the principle Opposition in the state the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The BJP called the two bandhs 25 January and 4 February "politically motivated" demanding the Prime Minister's intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. The party alleged Congress government had a role in selection of dates when BJP national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to visit the poll-bound state to take part in 'Nav Karnataka Parivartan Yatra', organised by the state unit.