Normal life in Bengaluru city and other parts of the state is likely to be affected as pro-Kannada organisations have called for a 6 am to 6 pm bandh on Saturday April 18th 2015. The bandh has been called to protest against the Tamil Nadu government’s opposition to the Mekedatu project.
Kannada Okkuta President Vatal Nagaraj told Citizen Matters that around 620 organisations including government employees, auto and truck drivers’ unions, trade unions, advocates associations have expressed their support to the bandh. All offices and shops will remain closed except medical stores. Vehicular movement too will be barred except emergency services.
“We will stage peaceful protests and distribute pamphlets in various parts of the city to mark the bandh. We are confident that the bandh will be total and peaceful,” he said.
Nagaraj also blamed Tamil Nadu government for creating unnecessary controversy over the Mekedatu project. The construction of a dam over Mekedatu across River Cauvery is expected to address drinking water and power generation issues of Karnataka.