From a river water sharing dispute in Karnataka to the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland
in Darjeeling, India witnessed a spate of bandhs
(shutdown) on June 12.
Along with Karnataka and Darjeeling, Punjab
and Navi Mumbai, in Maharashtra, also witnessed bandhs
in relation to the demands of farmers.
Here is a list of the various bandhs across several states in India:
Karnataka bandh over river dispute
As reported earlier
, pro-Kannada organisations have called for a state-wide low-key bandh on Monday in lieu of early implementation of the Mahadayi river water dispute.
Led by Kannada Okoota, an umbrella organisation of the pro-Kannada bodies in the state, they are pressing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the Mahadayi river dispute, farm loan waiver and a permanent solution to the water scarcity problem in parched areas.
However, the local transport wing, including bus, auto, and taxi services will continue to ply as per schedule. Also, banks and ATMs will also continue to function as normal.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-backed indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling
Tourism has taken a major hit in the scenic town of Darjeeling
in West Bengal, with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) spearheading a shut down on Monday over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
According to reports, after GJM cadres clashed with the police following their protests against Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Darjeeling
and her decision to make Bengali a compulsory part of the syllabus in schools across the state, the Army was called in
to control the situation.
The president of the outfit, Bimal Gurung, has advised tourists to leave the hills because of the possibility of "untoward" incidents. Presently, between 50,000 foreign and 500,000 domestic tourists visit Darjeeling
Farmers' unions in Punjab hold protests
According to agency reports, Punjab
farmers today staged protests across the state
demanding waiver of farm loans and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report for fixing minimum support price for produce.
Activists of seven farmer outfits, including the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), BKU (Dakunda), Krantikari Kisan Union, and Kisan Sangharsh Committee, staged dharnas at all district headquarters.
The protestors were joined by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP workers, with SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal leading demonstrations at Ludhiana.
Besides debt relief, the two parties also protested on issues like farmer suicides and "mining mafia", and demanded the sacking of Cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who is facing allegations of impropriety in sand mining contracts.