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3 bandhs in 3 weeks likely as BJP targets Rahul’s visit to state

5:41 PM, Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
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rahul-gandhiBangaluru: A bandh for a bandh appears to be the latest strategy in tit-for-tat politics. BJP has threatened to call a “counter-bandh” between February 10 and 12 when Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Karnataka, in retaliation to what it sees as a Congress move to call a bandh over the Mahadayi dispute on February 4 when PM Modi will be visiting.

Kannada Chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj has called for a Karnataka bandh on January 25 and sought the support of the Hubballi-based Kalasa-Banduri Samanvaya Samiti and Kannada activists. The activists, who are irked by the PM’s stand on the Mahadayi issue – that the riparian states must reach a resolution – have called for a Bengaluru bandh on February 4 demanding his intervention.

They plan to stage a demonstration when the PM comes visiting. Now, a third bandh may be in the offing during Gandhi’s visit.

Modi will be in Bengaluru on February 4 to address BJP’s Parivartana Yatra’s valedictory. BJP leaders Prahlad Joshi and Jagadish Shettar alleged that Congress was behind the bandh call on a Sunday, aimed at hampering the PM’s rally.

BJP leaders Prahlad Joshi and Jagadish Shettar threatened to do the same when the Congress president visits the state from February 10 to12.

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