Vatal Nagaraj, who heads 'Kannada Okoota, ' an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies that led the protest march from town hall to Freedom Park in the city on Thursday, warned protests in front of the Parliament if the Prime Minister does not intervene in the matter.
"We have deployed about 15,000 police personnel across the city, especially in vital areas where sensitive installations are present for safety and security of the people", asserted Kumar.
Several malls, hotels, restaurants and bars, and multiplexes will remain closed in Bengaluru.
The day passed off peacefully in Bengaluru barring two incidents of violence.
Karnataka wants 7.56 tmcft water from the Mahadayi river for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project. The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce have extended their support to the bandh.
But, considering that Karnataka elections are upon us and the strategic timing of the bandh raises the pertinent question: Is this bandh politically motivated?
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Asked if the party was prepared for a bandh when Rahul Gandhi visits Karnataka, state Congress working president Dinesh Gundurao said, "the bandh is to get the attention of the Prime Minister Modi on the issue, what has Rahul Gandhi got to do with it?"
Shah, while addressing a Parivartana rally here, assured that the BJP government would bring the culprits to justice after coming to power in the state.
BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa asked. Yeddyurappa alleged that Siddaramaiah was indulging in this kind of act purposefully with an intention that Shah's programme should not succeed. What is your (CM) stand?
The 12-hour shutdown was observed for getting the Mahadayi river water from neighbouring Goa to meet the drinking needs of the people in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad and Hubballi districts.
Attempts by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal through discussion has failed to bear fruit.
Kharge said that the Centre is not paying attention to the issue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "neglecting" it.