CM Yediyurappa urges pro-Kannada groups to call off bandh plans on Saturday

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |

Updated: December 4, 2020 9:49:06 pm

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday urged pro-Kannada groups not to go for a statewide bandh on Saturday in opposition to the formation of Maratha Development Authority (MDA).

“I appeal to everyone including Vatal Nagaraj, not to trouble people with Karnataka Bandh. It is not required,” the Chief Minister stated including that he’s making each effort to take all of the communities alongside.

The pro-Kannada organisations stated they won’t cancel the bandh regardless of the request from the chief minister. “We will not cancel the bandh tomorrow since the state government is not ready to take back the decision on forming the Maratha development corporation. The State government has gone ahead and notified the Maratha Development Corporation. If the government doesn’t want a bandh, it should scrap the notification,” stated Vatal Nagaraj, president, Kannada Okkoota including that 1000’s of organisations have supported the bandh call.

Most of the transport unions, together with auto rickshaw and taxi unions have determined to assist the bandh, whereas resort homeowners’ associations have stated they won’t be closing their companies for the day however lengthen ethical assist.

Speaking to, Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association stated that the cabs will probably be off the highway on December 5 in assist of the bandh. Manjunath from Adarsha Autorickshaw Union stated autorickshaw providers will probably be suspended on bandh day.

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels’ Association stated accommodations and eating places are thought-about important providers and the hospitality sector has already suffered an enormous blow owing to COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, all accommodations and eating places would stay open within the pursuits of farmers, homeowners, staff, and clients, president of Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association, PC Rao stated.

According to Vattal Nagraj, an enormous rally will probably be taken out from the Town Hall to Freedom Park in Bengaluru metropolis on Saturday.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has directed all of the officers to tighten the safety and intensify patrolling throughout the town on Saturday. According to senior police officers, as many as 15,000 policemen, together with 30 KSRP and 20 CAR platoons, have been deployed within the metropolis.

Meanwhile, metro and KSRTC, BMTC bus providers will probably be out there on Saturday, officers confirmed.

The Karnataka authorities not too long ago introduced establishing a Maratha growth board, with a fund of Rs 50 crore. The transfer to represent a separate board for Marathi-speaking individuals has sparked protests amongst pro-Kannada groups, who’ve given a call for a Karnataka bandh on December 5, on account of opposition to neighbouring Maharashtra’s claims on border areas of Karnataka, which have giant Marathi-speaking populations.

After a Cabinet meeting on November 18, state Law Minister J C Madhuswamy stated, “The Cabinet has approved the creation of the Maratha Development Board and it has been decided in principle to create a Lingayat Veerashaiva Development Board.”

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