A call for statewide “bandh” on Monday,February 12.

– compiled from various media sources

Protests, Dharnas towards the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has started gaining momentum since y’day. Several Kannada organizations took out processions and held protest meetings at over 20 places in the city, which has been heavily policed over the last few days. Demonstrations and protests from various groups / organizations such as Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Akhila Karnataka Praja Parishat, Kannada Chaluvali Horatagarara Rajya Samithi, Kannada Vedike, Cauvery Kannadigara Vedike and Karnataka Rathna Yuvakara Sangha seen gathering the momentum.

Youth Congress was the first by a political party after the tribunal pronounced the award on Monday protesting Gandhi statue on M.G. Road. Few Congress MLAs from the city were among those who participated in the Dharna. Party workers raised slogans against the tribunal and said that the interests of the Karnataka farmers would be affected if the award is implemented.

Y’day hundreds of advocates of Advocates’ Association of Bangalore carried out protest processions from the magistrate court complex on Nrupatunga Road and City Civil Court on Old Post Office Road to the Vidhana Soudha, bringing traffic to a near halt in the central business district for over an hour. The advocates also decided to support the Karnataka bandh called by Kannada organizations on February 12.

Mysore – Bangalore highway was blocked as fresh protests were reported today morning with farmers blocking the road demonstrating at Budnur near Mandya. The Railway lines between two cities also experienced severe blockage affecting train schedules since last two days..

The ripples of the reactions can gather a sizable mass on Monday, February 12th when the protest will be synchronized in the state. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday assured in the Legislative Assembly that the linguistic minorities, particularly Tamils, need not worry about their safety during the State bandh called by Kannada organizations on February 12.

Keeping fingers crossed, tense citizens are preparing to digest another episode of unrest in the city…

9 Comments so far

  1. Prabhu (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    I don’t understand the need for a Bandh. Government can always go for a re appeal. That has some way of getting what they need, rather than a Bandh. How much loss to the state and people, because of this Bandh?

  2. Kishor (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    Statewide bandh!!! Unfortunately total closure of Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya, and Chamrajnagar dists will be treated as successful state bandh by politicians. If you step into Mangalore or Udupi, life will be normal.

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    useless ideas. state sponsored bandh.

  4. Arun (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    Tarlesubba: Who said it is state sponsored? No state(hopefully) is stupid enough to sponsor a Bandh(as much as I can understand). Government has not given any support to the Bandh to the best of my knowledge, and CM has already said that there is no need for a Bandh since we are likely to re-appeal on the verdict. Only, they are not clearly saying no to the Bandh because they helplessly tongue tied here. Cant blame them about it, can you?

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    Bandh is traditionally used to show power, there are instances when a political party judges it’s vote bank by exercising these bandh’s. Have you ever heard of any NGO calling for bandh?

    All the citizens are always taken to ransom when such “Bandh’s” are called for. Who approves them? who have given them right to invade on other poeples choices to deprive them from normalcy and peace? Some times i feel these are the dark sides of being a democratic nation…or having political parties in a democracy

  6. Chetan (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    If the state did not sponsor the bandh, they would have done two things by now: 1. Asked or negotiated with the parties and asked them to call it off and 2. At least have the courtesy to respond to the agitations that are currently underway. The very fact that the current State Govenrment has not even addressed anyone on this issue, is indicative of what they really want. Also, as far at the “Vote Bank” question is concerned, what I believe, this Government wants to play it safe and not anger any side of the set of people; those for and those against the bandh. That’s what one calls politics and someone else calls nonsense.

  7. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    I am now worried about my Cousin’s wedding on 14th Feb,who is travelling from Madras.
    What a shame to see Bangalore held at ransom!

  8. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    Read the english newspaper deccanherald.com today and you will understand YOUR plight in bangalore including other LOCALS.

    As any long battle, our judiciary finally had a miscarraige on the last day of office. The project drinking water supply of 1990 has been used to calculate the drinking water allocated to Bangalore. So half bangalore ( including the new grater bangalore) will go without water.

    To put salt into wounds the tribunal has stipulated some percentage from ground water. Groundwater in bangalore is full of arsenic, lead and mercury so dont anybody write a single letter or rant when there IS WATER ONCE IN 5 days only.

    This is a sad reality looking into our faces. It is quite common in india that unless a hugh wave is raised in media nobody wakes up to reality a prime example is the recent lady shoot out in delhi.

  9. tarlesubba (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

    over the last few days, DH has done a good job of taking the time to analyse the award and identify both possible benefits and constraints.

    Their analysis of distress year water sharing is also very illuminating. Essentially, KA gets repreive only if there are two CONSECUTIVE years of drought. An average – distress – average -distress type of cycle will have KA parched for essentials, forget projects based on ‘surplus’.

    This is not a language issue or a class issue.
    it’s bottom line issue for KA kaveri basin.
    I beleieve Bangalore’s share is a whopping 19tmc.
    because nobody else is alarmed, one only hears of kannada voices.

    the CM would do well to publicize the Govt’s view on all such issues on prime time TV and radio.
    A bulleted point by point well reasoned analysis.
    and clear message on what he intends to do.

    That would be heard louder than the bandhs.

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