Karnataka bandh today: Here’s what you need to know

The schools and colleges will remain open on Monday. The transport services will also be normal. Bengaluru University has postponed the fourth-semester postgraduate exams while Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has also postponed its first year B.Ed examinations

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 10:08 am
Karnataka bandh, karnataka bandh today, Karnataka strike, According to officials and union leaders, the transport services will be normal, autorickshaws, metro and buses will ply on Monday (File Photo)

Normal life is unlikely to be disrupted on Monday despite a state bandh being called by pro-Kannada organisations over a wide range of issues. ‘Kannada Okoota’, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, has called for a dawn-to- dusk bandh across the state. A protest march will be held from town hall to Freedom Park in Bengaluru tomorrow as part of the state-wide bandh, though it is likely to be a low-key bandh.

Charter of demands

Pro-Kannada organisations have called for a Karnataka bandh to press for their charter of demands, which include farm loan waiver, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the Mahadayi river water dispute and a permanent solution to the problem of water scarcity in arid areas. These outfits are also demanding the exile of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti activists from the state for their alleged ‘anti-Kannada’ activities in Belagavi. According to Vatal Nagaraj, who heads Kannada Okoota, the bandh has been called to protest against Tamil Nadu’s opposition to the Mekedatu project across the river Cauvery and proposal to privatise BEML.

What will remain closed, What will remain open during bandh ?

Schools and colleges to remain open

According to officials, schools and colleges will remain open on Monday, however, private schools will decide on the basis of the developing situation.  Many private schools, who will not be able to support the cause of the bandh, have appealed the government to increase security or aid schools in districts where violence is expected. The fourth-semester postgraduate exams of Bengaluru University has been postponed. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has also postponed its first-year B.Ed examinations and seventh semester examinations.

Transport services to be normal 

According to officials and union leaders, the transport services will operate normally, autorickshaws, metro and buses will ply on Monday. The officials of BMRCL has said Namma Metro will be operational as well. The BMTC and KSRTC will operate buses. The radio cab services will also be operational, as per the officials of Bangalore Tourist Taxi Operators’ Association.

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  1. A
    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:46 am
    A ‘Bandh’ is always disruptive and often hits the common man, more than anyone else. For those who call for a bandh and who agitate (political parties, other organizations or groups of individuals) it is easy to adopt a populist stance and make demands, not bothering as to whether those demands are reasonable or not. Everyone has in mind next embly election in Karnataka. Hence, one cannot expect anything different from what is happening in Karnataka now.
    1. F
      Jun 12, 2017 at 7:42 am
      when this way can bring and keep water in Karnataka its likely to say that we can think of it in to be a good thing to do