Staff Reporter

900 organisations to take part in the bandh

Police to convince organisations to call off bandh

BANGALORE: Despite police persuasions to the contrary, various Kannada organisations have decided to go ahead with the Karnataka Bandh on April 10 in protest against the Tamil Nadu Government’s move to execute the Hogenakkal drinking water project.

“Mukhyamantri” Chandru, MLC, said that all organisations fighting for the cause of Hogenakkal should keep their differences aside and be united in fighting for the cause of the State. “We will fight for our right in a peaceful manner. All people should cooperate by closing down their establishments and show our unity,” Mr. Chandru said addressing presspersons on Friday.

Mr. Chandru, president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat Chandrashekar Patil and the former Minister B. Lalitha Nayak are the part of the campaign carried out by Karnataka Rakshna Vedike faction headed by T.A. Narayana Gowda.

Mr. Chandru claimed that the Tamil Nadu Government was carrying out the project on disputed land and had not given all the details of the project either to Karnataka or to the Union Government. It had also failed to complete the survey of the disputed land and had not got clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, he said.

He said the Union Government should intervene and prevail upon the Tamil Nadu Government to stop the project till an elected government is in place in Karnataka. Earlier, president of Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha Vatal Nagaraj also echoed the same sentiments and urged people to participate in the bandh. Mr. Nagaraj said his party would hold a rally in Chamarajanagar on April 14. About 900 Kannada organisations would take part in the April 10 bandh, he said.

The Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners’ and Agents’ Association has decided to keep trucks off the road on April 10.

Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Sreenivasan said the police were trying to convince the organisations not to go ahead with bandh on April 10. “We are calling various leaders and trying to convince them,” Mr. Sreenivasan told reporters at a function on Friday. “If they do not agree, we will take steps to maintain law and order,” he said.

Film industry dharna

The Kannada film industry has called upon all political parties to express their stand on all Kannada-related issues, including the Cauvery and the Krishna inter-State water issues.

Leading film personalities, who staged a dharna here on Friday, were united in the demand on election manifestoes spelling out the stance of the political parties vis-a-vis Hogenakkal.

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