Karnataka Bandh Today HIGHLIGHTS: The 12-hour Karnataka bandh call by several pro-Kannada organisations, under the banner of Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkoota, turned out to be a damp squib on Thursday as buses and autos plied as usual in Bengaluru and other parts of the state amid stray law and order incidents.
The organisations are demanding the implementation of a 1984 report by former union minister Sarojini Mahishi that recommends a certain percentage of jobs to Kannadigas in public sector undertakings, private companies, and multinational companies. Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the government had initiated measures to implement the Sarojini Mahishi report. “Government always stood for Kannada and Kannadigas and initiated measures to implement the Sarojini Mahishi report,” Yediyurappa said.
Activists made rounds in some areas in Bengaluru, appealing to traders to shut their shops in their support. In Anekal, near Attibele in the city on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border, activists reportedly tried to shut shops and business establishments forcibly, PTI reported. At Pirangipet in Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district, stones were pelted at a private bus in the morning.
Bangalore University has postponed all postgraduate (PG) exams scheduled for today. A pro-Kannada activist, Praveen Shetty, was kept under house arrest and police have detained a few people, including those involved in Cauvery protests and other bandh cases.