End of Congress rule in Karnataka imminent: Shah

Vatala Paksha President Vatal Nagaraj chairs a meeting of pro Kannada organisation regarding the Kalasa Banduri protest in Hubballi on Sunday. DH

The bandh in Karnataka has called by the North Karnataka farmers and pro-Kannada to protest against the decades ago Mahadayi water sharing issue between Karnataka and Goa.

"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.

Stating that party workers are being informed about the bandh, Yeddyurappa said BJP was not calling for a state-wide bandh, but for a bandh in those districts on the day Rahul Gandhi would visit them.

These bandhs have put the BJP under tremendous pressure, since either of the two leaders skipping their respective rallies will send the wrong signal to BJP supporters in the state. The aim was to pressurise PM Modi, who was expected to visit Karnataka on January 28, to ask Goa to release the necessary quantity of water to Karnataka. The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce have extended their support to the bandh.

The outfits, which are protesting against the non-implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri dam project, want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa. Similarly, a Bengaluru bandh has been called on February 4 also, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the poll-bound state to take part in "Nav Karnataka Parivartan Yatra' of the state unit in the city".

Shah, while addressing a Parivartana rally here, assured that the BJP government would bring the culprits to justice after coming to power in the state. "But the programme will go on as planned", he said. "Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked. This will help in augmenting the drinking water supply to Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag. But the BJP was pushed on the back foot when Siddaramaiah said that the letter from a chief minister of one state should be addressed to his counterpart of another state on such issues.

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are now involved in a dispute in the tribunal over controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across Mhadei river, through which Karnataka aims to divert water from the Mahadayi basin to nearby basin on the Malaprabha river.

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