Normal life in the country's IT capital and several parts of Karnataka was crippled on Saturday as a 12-hour statewide bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits to protest Tamil Nadu's opposition to Mekedatu drinking water project across the river Cauvery, began.
Opposition BJP on Thursday petitioned Governor Vajubhai Vala requesting him not to approve the proposed ordinance by the government to trifurcate the city and to advise it to hold Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections as directed by the High Court.
Train services were affected for nearly two hours at the city station causing inconvenience to hundreds of passengers tonight as railway staff staged a protest, demanding release of one of their colleagues arrested on the charge of illegally auctioning abandoned vehicles at the parking lot.
The generational shift in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was complete, as some would say, as its veteran LK Advani chose to stay quiet as the party discussed its massive expansion plans during its two-day strategy meet here.
Taking on Congress over its charge that his government was pro-rich, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused it of selling the nation to benefit the rich when it was in power and asked BJP workers to fight the falsehood with facts and self-confidence.
Facing opposition's ire over controversial remarks made by some of its leaders, BJP today made it clear that all party workers should realise their responsibility and not create unnecessary controversies at a time when the country is happy with government's performance.
In what may be the end of an era in the BJP, the national executive culminated on Saturday without a speech from party patriarch LK Advani, even as party leaders repeatedly referred to him as a "margdarshak" or one who shows the path.
With the land bill emerging as a common anti-government plank for the opposition, BJP on Saturday vowed to take on the "disinformation campaign" being run by the Congress and other parties by reaching out to farmers in every village and explaining to them all aspects of the bill.