Basavaraj Bommai, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, has encouraged Kannada organizations not to participate in the state-wide bandh planned for December 31.
I propose that they cancel the bandh call because life has returned to normal following the COVID-19 condition, stated Bommai. He stated that the administration is open to alternative forms of pressure.
Anti-Kannada individuals are already being prosecuted. We have promised to legally investigate the demand to prohibit the MES. He stated that immediate action must be taken if a coercive bandh is seen.
Araga Jnanendra, Karnataka’s Home Minister, suggested that the Kannada organizations rethink their decision. Several organizations and individuals believe that the Karnataka bandh is unnecessary at this time. If a coercive bandh is witnessed, action will be taken.
He further stated that the administration is willing to talk with Kannada organizations and has previously demonstrated its commitment to protecting Karnataka’s territory and language.
The Home Minister further stated that negotiations for banning the MES are already underway. He further stated that the people of Belagavi had already rejected the MES.