Schools and colleges will function normally on Monday as pro-Kannada organisations have called for a Karnataka bandh today.
The managements of schools and colleges had met on Saturday, but were unable to take a call on whether to declare a holiday or not on Monday. However an update on Sunday suggested that the schools and colleges would function as normal. This would however depend on the situation, the managements have said.
D Shashikumar, general secretary, Karnataka Associated Managements of Private Unaided Schools (KAMS) said: "We have requested the government to increase security or aid our schools in districts where we expect violence. Unlike last time, we will not be able to support the cause of the bandh this year as we weren't given prior information."
The bandh call was given by Vatal Nagaraj, seeking intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Mahadayi drinking water project. He wants to project implemented quickly to help the districts of Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Davanagere, Chitradurga and Mekedatu. Several other organisations are yet to confirm their participation. Petrol bunk owners and others will wait till Sunday night before taking a call.
The bandh is likely to pass off peacefully. Nagraj said that the protest would be a peaceful one. When asked if prior police permission had been sought, he said that it is a non-violent protest and hence the same would not be required.