On Thursday, the Karnataka Bandh called by the Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta is unlikely to hinder the regular city life in Bengaluru.
The bandh has been called in to require the successful implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi report. The report suggests necessary reservations to Kannadigas in both the private and government sector jobs of the state.
Local transport is unlikely to be halted. The Namma Metro and the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate routinely.
According to sources, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has not yet decided on taking part in the bandh.
Cab services like Adarsha Auto, Taxi Union, and Jai Bharatha Vehicle Owners and Drivers Association would be participating in the bandh. Hence, cab services may be stopped from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
President of Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association, Bengaluru, Tanveer Pasha, said, “Association of Ola and Uber drivers in the city has extended support for the bandh. We agree that the recommendations laid down in the Sarojini Mahishi report should be implemented. It will be a boost for Ola and Uber drivers too.”
Manjunath (President of Adarsha Auto-rickshaw Drivers’ Union) said that there are over 90,000 auto-drivers in their union and all of them are unanimously supporting the bandh. Around 1.5 lakh auto drivers have been urged to be a key part of the bandh.
“We don’t know how many other autos will operate tomorrow but our union members will not,” he added.
Other organizations have also come forward supporting the bandh including the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Lorry Owners Association, and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).
Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta President HB Nagesh said that the bandh rally would follow the direction towards Freedom Park from the Town Hall. From over 40 mutts to the farmer’s union members across the state will participate in the rally.
However, there was no formal permission acquired from the police regarding the bandh, Police Commissioner Bhasker Rao said.
The Sarojini Mahishi report was prepared in 1986 after Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde appointed a committee led by four-time MP Sarojini Mahishi to look into the reservation for Kannadigas in the state.
Almost 58 recommendations were implemented in the state by the successive governments.