Ahead of Karnataka Bandh, over 100 history sheeters detained

South India


More than a hundred history-sheeters were detained in the wake of a Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations on Saturday, 

Po-Kannda groups led by Vatal Nagraj called for a bandh on December 5 against the Karnataka government's decision to allot Rs 50 crore for the Maratha Development Board in the state.

Speaking to media regarding the state-wide Bandh called by pro-Kannada activists on December 5,  Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said that there is no need to call a bandh as it gives people an opportunity to cause inconveniences to others.

"There is no need for any kind of bandh as it gives people an opportunity to cause inconveniences to others”, CM had said.

"With folded hands I appeal to them not to call for a bandh on December 5. If they go ahead, then I will be forced to act on them," he added.

He added that he will not tolerate imposition of any language other than Kannada.

Yediyurappa said he is making every effort to take all the communities along. He underlined that he is doing everything to give prominence to Kannada language.

"Our government's actions are very clear, we want to protect these vulnerable communities, therefore, the board was formed," he said.

Various pro-Kannada organisations are up in arms towards the formation of the Maratha Development Authority, which the Chief Minister had introduced on November 14 and earmarked Rs 50 crore for the ”general improvement of Maratha individuals”.

These organisations on Friday reaffirmed their resolve to carry the bandh on Saturday demanding that the federal government hand over its determination to kind the MDA.

In view of the bandh call, the police have beefed up security across the state to prevent any untoward incident and forcible closure of shops and commercial establishments. In Bengaluru, about 14,000 policemen will be deployed. 

The move to set up the MDA was seen as an attempt to Marathas who are dominant in Basava Kalyan in Bidar district, bordering with Maharashtra. Assembly bye-election is due in Basava Kalyan following the death of the sitting Congress MLA B Narayan Rao due to coronavirus a few months ago. 


With inputs from Agency and media reports

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