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Lukewarm response to bandh in Gulbarga, Yadgir

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Political parties did not participate in the processions

Moving on:The bandh call on Saturday had little impact on daily life in Gulbarga.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Moving on:The bandh call on Saturday had little impact on daily life in Gulbarga.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

The Karnataka bandh called by various pro-Kannada organisations in protest against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu had little impact on life in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts.

The response was lukewarm in both districts. Almost all shops, business establishments and hotels were open for business. While NEKRTC buses operated normally in Yadgir district, the authorities withdrew bus services for about two hours in the morning in Gulbarga district and restored them in the afternoon.

Other modes of transport, including autorickshaws, plied normally, and the police thwarted attempts by members of pro-Kannada organisations to forcibly close shops.

Authorities had ordered closure of all schools and colleges as a precautionary measure, and government offices functioned with skeleton staff. While some commercial banks functioned normally, others were shut. Fuel outlets remained closed in response to the bandh call.

Surprisingly no political party took out processions or participated in the processions taken out by pro-Kannada organisations in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts. Even the participation of members of these organisations in a 200-metre protest march from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Chowk to the Deputy Commissioner’s office was poor considering the number of organisations that supported the bandh call.

In Yadgir district organisations took out a protest march from Shastri Chowk to the railway station and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to officials at the railway station. Reports from Surpur and Shahapur said that protesters submitted memorandums to the respective tahsildars in protest against the release of water.

Activists demanded the resignation of Union Ministers from Karnataka.

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