Pro-Kannada organizations have called for a bandh on Saturday against Karnataka government’s decision to set up a Maratha Development Authority (MDA), the formation of which was announced by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on November 14. The Kannada organizations contended that welfare measures sought for Kannadigas must be addressed first before looking at boards and corporations for other languages..

Vatal Nagaraj, who is leading the agitation, said the agitation is for Kannada pride and alleged that the government threatened various organisations using police to withdraw support to the Karnataka bandh but it will not work. “I want to tell Yediyurappa — You withdraw the ‘Authority’ (MDA), I will garland you at the Vidhana Soudha. But don’t threaten us. We will not get scared of it,” Nagaraj said