Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

Karnataka Bandh Over Mahadayi River Dispute, BJP Alleges Political Conspiracy

While the trigger for the bandh seems to be the deadlock over the Mahadayi issue, the timing of the bandh-coinciding with the last day of BJP's 75-day Parivarthana Rally-smacks of politics. We are demanding Mr Narendra Modi's intervention as he is in power at present.

Not everyone is supporting the bandh.

In a tit-for-tat move to the bandh call during BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits to Karnataka, the party's state unit on Wednesday made a decision to observe district-specific shutdown during Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's state tour. Seeking PM's intervention on the ongoing river water dispute, Vatal Nagaraj, who heads "Kannada Okoota", an organistaion of Kannada bodies which led the protest march from town hall to Freedom Park in Bengaluru, was quoted by PTI as saying, "Bandh has got very good response". They cite previous instances of similar bandhs leading to no breakthrough in the existing crisis. The dispute over sharing of Mahadayi waters began in the 1980s.

NWKRTC stopped bus services to the riparian States Goa and Maharashtra and Dharwad and Gadag, that are potential beneficiaries of the Mahadayi river project, as a precautionary measure.

The aim was to divert water from Mahadayi to Malaprabha river to meet the drinking water demands of some of the drought prone districts of the state.

Amit Shah hasn't spoken about the water dispute yet and concentrated on attacking current congress government.

"This is one hundred percent a political vendetta", says Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and added this is a "completely government sponsored bandh".

Those protesting have reiterated that BJP, which is in power at both the Centre and in Goa, should resolve the crisis.

The BJP has alleged government's role in the selection of dates when Shah and Modi are expected to visit the poll bound state to take part in "Nava Karnataka Parivartana Yatre", organised by the state unit. It is for this reason that Yeddyurappa is trying to convince protestors to end their agitation, an attempt that has seemingly failed.

Now, BJP is also planning a district-specific shutdown during Congress president Rahul Gandhi's campaigns from February 10.

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