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Cauvery water row: Call for Bengaluru Bandh on September 26 – Times of India

BENGALURU: Farmers’ organisations, various Pro-Kannada organisations and opposition parties have called for a complete ‘Bengaluru Bandh‘ on September 26 protesting the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
Supporting the Bengaluru Bandh on Tuesday, over 100 organisations have expressed their solidarity with the protesting organisations.
This apart, the Pro-Kannada organisations led by Vatal Nagaraj will also hold a meeting on Monday (September 25) to decide on ‘Karnataka Bandh’.
Chalking out plans for observing Bengaluru Bandh, Pro-farmers’ leaders, Pro-Kannada organisations and various political parties led by Karnataka Jala Samrakshana Samiti’s (KJSS) on Saturday held a meeting at the Freedom Park and collectively decided to observe the bandh.
Even as the state government is yet to react to the bandh call, the leaders clarified that it will be a complete bandh of the city with all commercial establishments, schools, colleges and transport services to remain shut barring emergency services.
Kuruburu Shanthkumar, President of the Sugarcane Growers Federation, who has called for a Bandh, sought support and cooperation from various sectors, industry bodies and other organisations.
“This is not our bandh. It is a complete shut-down called by the citizens of Bengaluru as their share of potable water is also being released to Tamil Nadu. We seek cooperation from the IT sector, banking sector, commercial and business establishments, industries, school-colleges, transport organisations to make this bandh a success and send across a strong message to both the state and central governments,” Shanthkumar told TOI.
Barely a few hours since the announcement of Bengaluru Bandh, opposition parties including BJP, and JDS expressed their support to the Bandh. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also expressed their support for the cause. The Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) has lent moral support to the bandh and said that it will take a call on declaring a holiday to schools on Monday. Karnataka State Travel Operators Association has also expressed its support for the Bandh call.
What will be open?
Hospitals, Nursing Homes, medical shops and emergency services, Government offices, Metro Services
What will be closed?
All shops, commercial establishments, industries, app-based taxi and bike services, autorickshaws, street vendors, hotels and restaurants, theatres, malls and multiplexes, goods vehicles.

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