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BJP calls for Karnataka bundh, twin districts paralyzed

BJP calls for Karnataka bundh, twin districts paralyzed

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangalore, January 22, 2011: The BJP has called for a Karnataka Bundh on Saturday, January 22 in protest against the governor’s sanction to prosecute Chief Minister,  B. S. Yeddyurappa with regard to his involvement in various land scams and corruption charges.

District units of the BJP in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have proclaimed bandh call and have taken to roads and street. Dakshina Kannada district BJP president, Padmanabha Kottary, city unit president, Srikar Prabhu, and Udupi district BJP president, K Udayakumar Shetty, have asked the people to cooperate with the bandh. Police personals have a hell of a time to cope up with the situation.


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BJP had announced earlier that it would hold rallies across the state and would meet President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi Jan 24 demanding Bhardwaj’s recall, accusing him of being "biased" against Yeddyurappa and the BJP government in the state.

The bitter political war in Karnataka reached a crescendo on Friday night when Governor H R Bhardwaj sanctioned prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams.  BJP hit back at the Governor calling the decision constitutionally improper and politically motivated.
The sanction of the Governor for prosecuting Yeddyurappa in an appropriate Court of Law for various "grave" allegations of corruption and criminal misconduct came on a day when the two attacked each other.
Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in the twin districts. C. Chame Gowda, the deputy director of public instruction, had announced last night that schools and colleges will remain closed. T. M. Prabhakar, the additional deputy commissioner, said that the district administration took this decision for the safety of school children and college students.

Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh said that security has been tightened in a bid to avoid any untoward incidents.

Buses are not plying today and shops and commercial establishments remain closed. In Kaikamba, unknown miscreants set tyres on fire in the middle of the road. Although bus owners’ associations had declared that buses will continue to ply as usual, buses have stayed off the roads out of fear of damage to buses and injury to passengers.

The bundh does not apply to food and milk supply, vehicles heading over to functions, and hospital vehicles.

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