Bengaluru : Standing alongside pro-Kannada leaders, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday announced cancellation of Karnataka Bandh called by pro-Kannada organizations on Friday.
“Today the pro-Kannada leaders including Sa Ra Govindu and Vatal Nagaraj came and met me on my request. They have presented their views on protecting Kannada. I have assured them that the government will stand firmly for the cause of Kannada. They have decided to take back Karnataka Bandh on December 31. I thank them for this. So, there will be no bandh tomorrow and people can carry out their businesses and other activities without any obstruction,” he told reporters.
The announcement was made after Bommai had a meeting with the pro-Kannada leaders at his official residence Krishna.
Earlier, Bommai had appealed to pro-Kannada organisations to withdraw the bandh which was called demanding a complete ban on the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES).
Bommai said his government has already taken action against forces that are acting against Karnataka. On the demand for banning MES, he said the government is examining it legally.
The demand comes in the wake of burning down of the Karnataka flag by some political goons in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. And same night, some miscreants defaced Chhatrrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue in Bengaluru which was followed by defacement of the statue of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna in Belagavi.
Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association and several organizations had promised in-principle support to the bandh, not physical, which divided the pro-Kannada groups.