The Karnataka bandh will be organised as planned and there will be no change in the plan, said Sa Ra Govindu, Chairman of the Karnataka Film Chamber and Commerce, speaking to Asianet Newsable.
"Kannada organisations backing out from the bandh on January 25 is absolutely false," he said. Just one of the nearly 2000 organisations has shown his back, rest are all supporting including the Film Chamber, he added.
Earlier, there were reports of some pro-Kannada organisations backing out from the bandh following a tiff with Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj. But now they have clarified that this bandh on January 25 will be observed and they will support the cause of getting water from Mahadayi.
What is there, what is not?
1) KSRTC, BMTC
They have extended their support to the strike. So there will be no buses moving inside the city, and even those planning to go out of the state will have to wait till the bandh is over. There will be no public transport from 6 am to 6 pm on January 25
2) Ola and other taxi services
Ola and other taxi services will not be operating on January 25 till 6 PM.
3) The Film Chamber
The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce also has extended its support to the bandh. So no movies will run in theatres, nor any shooting will take place in the state on the day of the bandh.
4) Private schools and colleges to be closed
A holiday has been declared to the schools and colleges on January 25th as precautionary measure.
However, other essential services like medical shops, hospitals will operate.
Keeping in mind the violence that erupted during Cauvery issue; the roads are likely to wear a deserted look. However, schools and colleges have not confirmed their support to the bandh so far.
5) Exams postponed
Exams of Bengaluru University were postponed to February
6) No support from small scale vendors
The small scale vendors have expressed their disappointment over repeated bandhs. We understand the pain of people who have no water, but closing shops will put us in deep problem, loss, say vendors. Many have placed a notice in front of the shop saying, "I don't support this bandh'. Vendors are planning for a silent protest against the bandh.
7) Schools-colleges to function in Uttara Kannada district
The administration of Uttara Kannada distruct has clarified that there will be no holiday to schools and colleges in the district.
8) No support for bandh in Shivamogga district
Sources said that schools-colleges, government-private offices will function as usual in Shivamogga district on Jaunary 25. The district will not support the bandh on that day.
9) No holiday for banks
Banks in Karnataka will function as usual, as per current details. Holiday has not been declared to the government schools, yet. However, private schools associations have extended a support to Karnataka bandh for Mahadayi.
10) Petrol bunks to be closed
The owners of petrol bunk too have extended their support to the bandh. So, the petrol bunks are expected to be closed from 6 AM to 6 PM on January 25.
11) However, emergency services like milk, vegetables, medical facilities will be available. But with people having no transport, how effective these services will be is the question.
Showing solidarity with Mahadayi agitators, the Kannada movie sector has extended its support so that no movies will be shot in Karnataka that day, nor will there be any movie shows.
However, earlier, some members of Mahadayi Agitation Committee had taken Vatal Nagaraj to task for inconveniencing people. "The bandh of January 27 was planned to put pressure on PM Modi to get Mahadayi water. What is the motive behind organising a bandh on January 25? Why are you inconveniencing people by organising frequent bandhs without any use," they asked Nagaraj.
Kannada Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj along with the Mahadayi Agitation Committee had planned for a Karnataka bandh on January 27. 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.
But suddenly the plan was changed, and the bandh was advanced to January 25.
However, Modi's visit to Bengaluru was postponed, and he will step into Karnataka on February 4 to attend the conclusion of Parivarthan Yatra of BJP. Thus a bandh has been called in Bengaluru on February 4 as well.