The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) initiated a 24-hour hunger strike in south Bengaluru on Friday, demanding that three government schools in the Chickpet region be reopened.
The party claimed that the schools were closed so that land could be given to private real estate companies, and vowed to escalate its protests against the Karnataka government if its demands were not granted.
“We have launched the protest as three government schools have already been closed down and now a boys’ high school is also on the verge of being shut down,” AAP Bengaluru president Mohan Dasari told PTI.
“We are against closure of schools. If our demands are not fulfilled, we will stage a protest outside the residence of Education Minister B C Nagesh,” he added.
Over 100 AAP workers, joined by local people, gathered at Bengaluru’s City Central Library to protest the Karnataka government’s decision to close the boys’ school in Sunkenahalli, carrying banners and raising slogans.