The bandh, called by farmers and pro-Kannada outfits, is likely to disrupt normal life in several parts of the state.
Schools, colleges in Karnataka are closed today and state as well as privately run buses have remained off the roads after pro-Kannada groups called for a statewide bandh over the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute.
Medical stores and hospitals are, however, functioning normally and the Metro is running as usual. Over 15,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure law and order. While it has been a peaceful morning, so far, protesters at some places attempted to block traffic. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has warned that no one should take the law in their hands.
The BJP has accused the Congress-led state government of orchestrating the bandh as party chief Amit Shah is in Karnataka today for the BJP’s Parivartana rally. The Mahadayi water sharing dispute is politically sensitive for the Congress and the BJP as the state votes for the new government this year.