Bengaluru: Pro-Kannada outfits on December 5 decided to call for a state-wide bandh against the government’s decision to set up the Maratha Development Board.

Various associations have stated that they will only be morally supporting the Pro-Kannada outfits rallies but do not support the state-wide bandh.

The government's decision to set up the Maratha Development Board comes ahead of the announcement of bypolls to the Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, as well as Basavakalyan and Maski assembly constituencies, which have a sizeable Marathi-speaking population.

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However, BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday has said his government will not allow the "forced bandh" called by some pro-Kannada outfits on December 5 against its decision to set up the Maratha Development Board.

Yediyurappa has warned of action if the bandh is called. "We have set up the board for the welfare of Maratha communities living in the state. Marathas are also Hindu followers," the Chief Minister told reporters here. "We will take strict action if the forced bandh is called," he added.

Yediyurappa also lashed out at Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for "unnecessarily stoking" the border dispute between the two states.