BJP called shutdown in Karnataka hits common man

Written by: Rama Mohan
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Bangalore, Jan 22: The shutdown (bandh) launched by the ruling BJP in Karnataka has caused hardships to people in the state and the state capital on Saturday, Jan 22.  Demanding the Centre to remove the state Governor HR Bhardwaj, the BJP has called the shutdown.

The passengers in the state had to face hardships without buses and they were seen blaming the government. The state-run buses are not plying fearing violence by the BJP activists. Prohibitory orders (Sec 144) have been in force in Bangalore.

Crowds were seen struggling at Bangalore's Majestic bus-station without buses to reach their destinations. On the otherhand, passengers were seen depending on private buses and trains for transportation.

Sporadic incidents of violence was reported overnight on Friday and in the morning on Saturday from districts as BJP called for the shutdown on Saturday. Buses were burnt at some districts of Karnataka including north Karnataka.

Schools and colleges were closed in the state and scheduled examinations were also postponed. The ruling BJP has organised rallies in all district headquarters in the state and a march to the Raj Bhawan has been planned in Bangalore at noon. The party is also to move the high court on Saturday, Jan 22 against governor's sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The governor on Friday has given orders for prosecution of the chief minister in land scams and other corruption cases and immediately BJP announced the state-wide shutdown for the next day.

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