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Karnataka protests over sharing of Cauvery waters with Tamil Nadu

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Thu, Oct 04, 2012 15:41 hrs

Hundreds of Karnataka farmers, students and regional party activists staged mass protests on Thursday against sharing of the river waters with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Activists of Janata Dal (Secular) and students fora organised this stir against the Cauvery River Authority's (CRA) directive on sharing waters of River Cauvery with neighbouring Tamil Nadu and the Prime Minister's instructions to release 9000 cusecs of water from the KRS reservoir.

An angry student protestor, T R Tulsiram, criticized the government for releasing the water from the reservoir of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam to flow into Tamil Nadu.

"Our state government, ruled by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has left (released) water to Tamil Nadu; so that should be stopped immediately. Or else we are going to protest very rudely and very harshly in front of CM's (Chief Minister's) house. So CM should stop immediately our Cauvery water because Cauvery is in Karnataka state," said T R Tulsiram.

On Wednesday, hundreds of activists of Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi and farmers hurled stones at a police bus during their protest over sharing of waters from the River Cauvery in Karnataka.

Another protestor, K Chandrashekhar threatened that the demo would turn violent if the decision of releasing water for Tamil Nadu is not withdrawn.

"We are protesting all over the state. In the coming days we are going to have a Karnataka 'Bandh' (shutdown) and in the coming days the entire protest is going to turn violent and for everything Prime Minister will be held responsible for giving order without making any survey, giving such types of orders; he is really against the Karnataka people," said K Chandrashekhar.

Thousands across the state have been raising their voice against the Cauvery River Authority's (CRA) directive on sharing waters of River Cauvery with neighbouring Tamil Nadu and the Prime Minister's instructions to release 9000 cusecs of water from the KRS reservoir.

As a precautionary measure, the district administration has imposed prohibitory orders within a radius of one kilometre around the dam.

The Supreme Court had asked the CRA of which the Prime Minister is the Chairman, to convene a meeting and address the Tamil Nadu's grouse over the denial of its share of by the Karnataka government.

At this the CRA did meet and asked Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till mid-October so as to enable farmers in Tamil Nadu to proceed ahead with cultivation of crops.

Karnataka resented this by contending the state is facing drought-like situation and several all-party sittings were held while farmers and pro-Kannada organisations intensified their protests.

An apex court bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan Lokur warned Karnataka that if it failed to comply with the CRA directive, it (the bench) would have to pass appropriate orders.

Sharing of river waters has been a bone of contention between the two states for over three decades.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Government submitted a petition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to grant a stay on the decision of CRA.

Karnataka has already filed a plea before the CRA to reconsider its order in wake of rain deficiency and prevailing drought-like situation in the region. (ANI)




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