As several farmers’ organisations across the State raised their voice against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, on Wednesday cautioned them not to “exceed the limit.”

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Gowda said, “Nobody should speak lightly of the Supreme Court.”

Mr. Gowda also expressed unhappiness over the manner in which Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was targeted during street protests over the Cauvery issue in parts of the State, where her effigy was burnt.

“I am pained by the unparliamentary manner in which the Chief Minister of another State was treated during the protests,” he said.

He also said he had approved the decision taken at the all-party meeting held in Bangalore on Tuesday and would await the outcome of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) meeting.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has also appealed to the people of the Cauvery basin districts in the State to maintain peace and promised to protect the interests of farmers.

He said the government would not compromise on the interests of the State and its farmers.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said: “We will convince the Prime Minister on the drought situation in the State and the acute shortage of drinking water.”

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