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Pro-Kannada outfits call Karnataka bandh – here’s what you need to know

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Karnataka will witness a shutdown on Saturday called by several pro-Kannada organizations to protest the state government’s decision to establish a development board for the Maratha community. These organizations had said on Friday that they will go ahead with the bandh demanding that the government renounce its decision to form the Maratha Development Authority (MDA).

Vatal Nagaraj, who is leading the agitation, said the agitation is because of Kannada’s pride and alleged that the government threatened various organizations that used the police to withdraw support for the Karnataka bandh, but it will not work. “I want to say to Yediyurappa: You remove the ‘Authority’ (MDA), I will adorn you in the Vidhana Soudha. But don’t threaten us. We won’t be scared, ”Nagaraj said, according to PTI.

This is what you need to know:

1. These pro-Kannada organizations are in arms against the formation of the Maratha Development Authority, which Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa announced on November 14 and allocated 50 million rupees for the “general development of the Maratha people”.

2. Various factions of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Forum for the Protection of Karnataka), Jaya Karnataka, Karnataka Nava Nirmaana Sena, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Hasiru Sena, Taxi Drivers Association Ola and Uber, Association of Rickshaw Drivers and some others have requested the 12 hour strike.

3. The closing is scheduled from 6:00 a.m. M. At 6:00 p. M., However, essential services are exempt.

4. The state government has indicated that bus and train services would operate on a normal schedule. Metro services will operate as usual in Bengaluru. The buses of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will also operate as usual.

5. Gasoline pumps will also remain open and hotel owners and tour operators have said they will not go out of business, but have extended their moral support for the bandh.

6. According to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, permission for the closure has not been obtained. Pant said that action will be taken against anyone who tries to force businesses and commercial establishments to close or disrupt normal life. Pant also said that an additional 14,000 police and security personnel would be deployed to ensure law and order.

7. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has asked the organizations not to go ahead with the shutdown. “Kannada has been given importance and we will do even more to promote the language,” he said on Friday.

8. Yediyurappa said that the development board was for the welfare of the Maratha community and not for the promotion of the Marathi language as some fear. Various border areas, including Belgavi and Bidar in Karnataka, have often seen tensions between the Kannadigas and the Marathas.

9. Opposition parties have criticized the creation of such specific community development boards, claiming that it was an electoral tactic of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at diverting attention from its governance failures.

10. According to political analysts, the decision to create the MDA has electoral connotations. The by-elections of the Assembly must be held in Basava Kalyan after the death of the Acting Congress MLA B Narayan Rao and Maski, in addition to the vacancy caused in the seat of Belgavi Lok Sabha after the death of the Minister of the Union, Suresh Angadi. Maratha votes can play a decisive role in deciding the outcome in all these seats.

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