The Karnataka Praja Pragati Ranga (KPPR) — a coalition of 17 Dalit, backward class and religious minority organisations — on Friday decided to lay siege to the residences of MPs and Union Ministers from the State “if they do not stall the Centre from constituting Cauvery Management Board (CMB)”.

The KPPR which met in Bangalore discussed the impact of notification of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) and decided to launch a movement to protect the interests of the State.

Describing notification of CWDT final award by the Centre as “death sentence” for Karnataka, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, State convener of the ranga, said that constitution of CMB would further complicate the problem and it was the responsibility of the MPs and Union Ministers from the State to prevail upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against constituting the Board. “Failing to do so, they will face consequences”, he cautioned.

Blaming the UPA government for discriminating against Karnataka for the sake of power, he held the Opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) equally responsible for not raising voice against the injustice done to the State.

Pointing at the ongoing political defections after announcement of election to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Mr. Chandrashekar called upon the political parties not to entertain “opportunist party hoppers” and commit to principles and ideologies for which their party stood. He said that the KPPR had finalised first list of candidates for 40 Assembly segments and final list would be ready soon.

Protest

Meanwhile, the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha (KCVP) has also decided to protest against the notification of tribunal final award on February 25.

Addressing presspersons here, its president Vatal Nagaraj said that party workers would protest in front of Kempe Gowda Bus Stand and symbolically auction State MPs and Ministers in the Union Cabinet for their failure in protecting the State’s interests.

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