BJP chief Amit Shah rally on Thursday attended his party's Parivartana Yatre, defying the bandh called by several pro-Kannada groups over Mahadayi river dispute.
Karnataka elections: BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday dared Congress to stop the saffron party march, and defeat it in the upcoming elections in the state. Defying the bandh called by several pro-Kannada groups in Karnataka, Shah addressed party’s Parivartana Yatre in Mysore. The BJP had alleged that the bandh was politically motivated and organised deliberately to make it coincide with the rally of Amit Shah.
The Karnataka bandh was called over the Mahadayi river dispute, with the protestors demanding the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the resolution of the decades-old issue for the benefit of parched North Karnataka districts. Another bandh called over the same issue on February 4 will coincide with the visit of PM Modi to the poll-bound state.
Ahead of Karnataka election 2018, political activities have increased across the state. The BJP has also announced counter-bandh to make it coincide with Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the state. BJP Member of Parliament Pratap Simha told reporters in Mysore on Thursday that the bandh was government-sponsored. Simha said the government’s clear intention is to disrupt Shah’s rally and that is the reason why they have stopped buses from plying.
In the rally, Shah said the Congress party opposed the Triple Talaq bill due to politics of appeasement but he wants to assure Muslim “sisters and mothers” that BJP and PM Modi were committed to passing the bill to do justice to them.
Shah alleged that over 20 RSS-BJP karyakartas were murdered in the state in last four years but Siddaramaiah government had let the murderers go scot free. “BJP government will bring them to justice come what may, after forming the government in the state,” he said.
Attacking the state government and the Congress, Shah said, “Siddaramaiah government has crossed all boundaries of corruption. In Karnataka, Siddaramaiah means corruption and corruption means Siddaramaiah. Despite obstructionist tactics, Congress party and CM Siddaramaiah will not be able to stop BJP from forming government here because people of Karnataka have decided for ‘parivartana’”.
“I dare Karnataka CM to stop BJP from forming next government here… Congress is in fear by BJP’s Karnataka’s Parivartana Yatre, that’s why they are trying to stop PM Modi’s rally on 4th February and calling for state shutdown.”
What is Mahadayi river dispute? The Karnataka bandh today has been called over the decades-old Mahadayi dispute. Karnataka has locked horns with Goa on sharing the Mahadayi River water for three decades. Karnataka is seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project. However, Goa has opposed it saying the diversion of water will affect the ecology of Western Ghat region of the state. The Kalasa-Banduri Nala project is being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and districts of Belagavi and Gadag. Past attempts made by Karnataka to amicably solve the issue pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal. But discussions have failed to bear fruit. KNOW MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE DISPUTE HERE