K'taka bandh: Mixed response in Chikkamagaluru

K'taka bandh: Mixed response in Chikkamagaluru

The Karnataka Bandh call, given by various pro-Kannada organisations in support of Kalasa-Banduri project, evoked mixed respone in the district on Saturday.  

The bandh was successful in Chikkamagaluru town while it received lukewarm response in Malnad region.

The shops, hotels and business establishments remained closed in the town from dawn to dusk in the town. The services of KSRTC and private buses, taxis, autorickshaws were withdrawn. The buzzing I G Road, M G Road and Market Road wore a deserted look. Film theatres and petrol bunks had  also extended its support to the bandh.

However, the bandh received tepid response at Kalasa, Balehonnur, Koppa, Sringeri and N R Pura.

Workers and activists of various political parties and organisations a protest in Chikkamagaluru town.

The protesters took out out a procession on MG Road and culminated at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. They demanded the completion of Kalasa-Banduri project.

Addressing the protesters, MLA B B Ningaiah said, “People have been staging protest demanding the supply of water to Dharwad and Hubballi for the last 70 days. The BJP MPs should urge the Union government to implement Kalasa-Banduri project. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should consider the issue seriously and solve the row amicably.”

The members of Jayakarnataka, Dalit Sena Raitha Sangha, CPI, BSP, Dalit Sangharsha Samithi, JD(S) and others took part in the protest.

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