Belagavi: After a mammoth protest staged by thousands of doctors near Suvarna Vidhan Soudha in Belagavi against Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Amendment Bill, Indian Medical Association gave a call for `total shutdown’ of all private hospitals in the state if the government passes the Bill in the Lower House in the ongoing winter session of the state legislature in Belagavi. The IMA warned in strict terms to the government that it would not back off from its decision if its demand is not met.

However, the doctors decided to launch a hunger strike from tomorrow near Suvarna Vidhan Soudha to put pressure on the government against the tabling of the Bill. Doctors from most of the noted private hospitals of Bengaluru, Belagavi and all other areas of Karnataka were part of the agitation which unanimously agreed to all decisions taken by the IMA.

Former CMs, H D Kumaraswamy, Jagadish Shettar, Opposition leader in Council K S Eshwarappa, JDU leader M P Nadgouda and many MLCs and MLAs from both BJP and JDS joined the protest assuring their total support to the doctors. Kumaraswamy and Shettar addressed the agitators and said they would support the doctors both inside and outside the House. The leaders said, they would not have allowed doctors to take to the streets if their parties were in power.