Bengaluru: Karnataka witnessed a total shutdown on Friday after the state government released water to Tamil Nadu after the Supreme Court directed the state to do so. Following the massive protests, resulting in immense damage to state property, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention and also urged him to call a meeting of the other chief ministers of both states to end the standoff.
Siddaramaiah, in his request to the PM said that the unrest, if continued, can have a massive impact on the state economy including the IT sector which brings enormous revenue and foreign exchange to the country.
The day-long protest was spearheaded by as many as 500 pro-Kannada organisations, which represent sections including farmers, traders and businesses. Security has been stepped up and more forces have been deployed across the state.
Government offices remained open, but public transport, including metro services, did not ply. Banks, shops, markets, malls, hotels, bars, pubs, eateries, restaurant, theatres and petrol bunks remained closed during the day.
Bowing to the apex court’s Monday order, the state began releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily from early Wednesday from its reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and the youth in the Mysuru region.