From today’s Deccan Herald, Airport taxi service launch: KRV targets City hotel:
Almost four hours after the launch of the Meru taxi services here on Wednesday, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists turned their ire against Taj West End, the star hotel which hosted the launch function.
The KRV activists barged into the hotel at about 9.15 pm, tore posters and banners and broke a few tables and chairs. Although no one was arrested, the High Grounds police took up a case of unlawful entry. The activists were protesting against the decision to award the tender of taxi services at the new Bengaluru International Airport to non-Kannadigas.
Why did they do this?
“The BIA has awarded tenders to non-Kannadigas. People from outside are benefiting at the cost of locals. What will happen to local drivers, if tenders to run taxi services are awarded to other states. BIA says that only 100 will be allowed to operate from Devenahalli. What about the others. Who will feed their families. Many of them have availed loans to purchase vehicles,” Mr Gowda said.
Did it have anything to do with the fact that the tenders were awarded to people from outside the state? Not according to the same report (emphasis mine):
It may be recalled that BIA had awarded tenders to private taxi operators to offer services. KSTDC and Bangalore Airport and Taxi Drivers Union were left out as they had not fulfilled criteria such as GPS informed BIA sources.
I have nothing against protests per se but the repeated use of strong-arm tactics and threats to further one’s agenda is not acceptable.