Tit for Tat Politics of Congress and BJP …and helpless people suffer

In view of the Karnataka bandh called by various organisations against the "Centre's apathy" towards the Mahadayi River water dispute, a holiday has been declared for all the schools and colleges in Ballari district on Thursday.

The state government has deployed police personnel to maintain law and order situation.

Now, BJP is also planning a district-specific shutdown during Congress president Rahul Gandhi's campaigns from February 10.

Brace up for two more bandhs in the next 20 days. While a major part of Mahadayi flows in Goa, its tributaries nourish parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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Although, the frequency of cabs and auto rickshaws were very low in Bengaluru during the day, normalcy returned with the reopening of buses and shops in the evening. Shah said despite "desperate attempt" to disrupt the rally here by organising the bandh, "we have managed to hold it and been successful at it".

BJP has termed as "politically motivated" a call for a Karnataka bandh on Thursday and Bengaluru bandh on 4 February by pro-Kannada outfits demanding the prime minister's mediation in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. "BJP leaders were embarrassed by the empty chairs during the previous rally attended by Shah in Bengaluru", mocked the CM, adding that he was not petty minded to obstruct the BJP's rally.

BJP president Amit Shah today hit out at the Siddaramaiah government, dubbing it "a corrupt, malicious and oppressive" regime and asked the people to "root it out" in the upcoming assembly polls. "Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked.

The project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

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What is the Mahadayi river water dispute?

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.

Shettar, the former State Chief Minister, pointed out that the BJP was in support of the demand for a negotiated settlement of the issue in the interests of the drought-prone people of the State.

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