KRV, KCCI extend support for bandh call

Expressing support for the call given by the Mahadayi & Kalasa-Banduri Horata Samanvaya Samiti to observe bandh on Wednesday (December 27) in Malaprabha command area, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) will take a out a protest rally from Durgadabail to Chennamma Circle in the City on Wednesday at 10:00 am.

KRV taluk unit president Amruth Ijari told media persons here on Monday that all major political parties are playing mere politics in Mahadayi issue, while bandh would be observed seeking the prime minister's intervention to divert water from Mahadayi basin to Malaprabha river to meet the drinking water needs of the region.

Various organisations in Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkot and Belagavi districts, Karnatak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), colleges, NWKRTC employees and others are requested to co-operate to make the bandh a success, he said.

He condemned State BJP President B S Yeddyurappa for asking farmers protesting in front of BJP office in Bengaluru to stage protest in front of the chief minister's residence and for charging that Congress leaders are supporting the protesters.

Water Resources Minister M B Patil should take steps to file a petition before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal, seeking permission to complete remaining 471 metres of work on Kalasa canal, Mr Ijari added.

Meanwhile, the Karnatak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has also expressed support for the bandh. "KCCI is supporting this agitation, keeping the interests of citizens and farmers in view," KCCI honorary secretary Vinay Javali said.

Karnataka Sangrama Sene and other organisations have also expressed support for the bandh.

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