Karnataka bandh: Schools, offices may remain closed on 25 January

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Private cab services like Ola and Uber will be operational during 'Karnataka Bandh' call.

Protesters are demanding the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve a decades-old issue to benefit parched districts of North Karnataka.

"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. Meanwhile BJP state President BS Yeddyurappa said "They have decided that when Rahul Gandhi comes to Karnataka, we will call for a complete bandh in those districts he will be visiting".

BJP termed the bandh "politically motivated" claiming that the ruling Congress was involved. Protest was also staged in front of Manyata Embassy Business Park, a software technology park in the city, alleging that several IT companies inside were functioning as usual, evading the bandh call.

Pro-Kannada activists Vatal Nagaraj and Praveen Shetty on Wednesday told the press that there will be no transport services tomorrow and other services will be shut down as well. But, of late, short-sighted politicians and irresponsible fringe outfits who have no concern for the state's welfare are frequently enforcing bandhs, picking on some emotive issue or the other.

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The Goa Ministry for Water Resources Development (WRD) on Thursday formed a special team to monitor whether Karnataka or Maharashtra governments continue with the works of building and operating canals along the Mahadayi basin for diversion of water.

Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water. Since the NDA government was in power at the Centre, Parrikar's arguments were given precedence and the project was stalled.

The farmers also stoned a auto with a Goa registration number in Nargund and blocked the National Highway-218 between Hubballi and Vijaypur.

This has led to a pitched political battle in the state, with the Congress accusing the BJP of not doing enough to ensure water for those living in these drought prone regions. Karnataka goes to polls in April- to elect 224 legislators, a battle which will see the Congress and BJP face off for control of the southern state.

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