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Cauvery water dispute: Pro-Kannada outfits call for Karnataka bandh; BJP extends support
A shutdown has been declared in Karnataka today to protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The bandh has been called by pro-Kannada outfits to protest against the Supreme Court's direction. The opposition BJP is supporting the bandh and its leaders will hold protests today.

The Congress government in the state has appealed for peace in the state. A day before the bandh, Chief Minister Siddaramiah made an appeal for peace and said, "We are making all required arrangements. Bandh should be peaceful and no untoward incident should happen. Those who have called for bandh should also take care," reported DNA.

3500 petrol pumps in Karnataka, 480 in Bengaluru, will not be functioning till 6 pm today. The newspaper distributors have extended support to the protest and stopped the supply of Tamil newspaper. The cabel TV operators association in Karnataka is blacking out Tamil language channels from 6 am to 6 pm today.

The public transport is off the roads, metro services are also likely to be hit. Schools and colleges have declared a holiday and attendance at government offices will not be compulsory, according to officials. Many private companies have asked their employees to work from home.

Karnataka says that, it does not have enough water for drinking or irrigation, as the level of water in four of the state's reservoirs on the Cauvery is lower than usual. Farmers are also facing problems as they are not getting water from the dams.

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