"Directions have been issued to police in all 30 districts to maintain law and order", the state's HM had told the media. In an official statement, Wipro said, "On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today". Institutes in Ramnagara district will also remain closed during the day.
These bandhs have put the BJP under tremendous pressure, since either of the two leaders skipping their respective rallies will send the wrong signal to BJP supporters in the state.
The Mahadayi River originates in Karnataka before entering Goa and Maharashtra, and the three states have been locked in a bitter battle for the last three decades. Essential services including hospitals, medical shops, the fire department will remain open.
"In Tamil Nadu, when it comes to bandh calls over the issue of Cauvery, we always saw political parties stand united".
Similarly, a Bengaluru bandh has been called on February 4 also, when the Prime Minister is visiting the poll-bound state to take part in "Nav Karnataka Parivartan Yatra" of the state unit in the city. The number of people who will attend Modi's rally on February 4 will make it clear BJP will win the election that will happen in April-May, Shah said. "I am warning the chief minister and the Congress party that if this is their attitude, then when Rahul Gandhi comes to the state it will become necessary for us to call for a bandh".
Former Prime Minister and Janatal Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda has termed the Congress chief-minister Siddaramaiah's Govt.in the State as the "worst" he has ever seen in his life. Yeddyurappa alleged that Siddaramaiah was indulging in this kind of act purposefully with an intention that Shah's programme should not succeed. "Why you have not made efforts to convince the Opposition Congress in Goa?" he asked.
The districts are Belagavi, Bhagalkote, Dharwad and Gadag in the northwest. The dispute over sharing of Mahadayi waters began in the 1980s.
In a veiled threat to both the BJP and Congress, he said, "BJP requires votes to come back to power and the Congress to retain power in the state, so they better talk to their respective party leaders in Goa and the Centre and solve this issue".