Doctors take out rally against Cauvery tribunal award
MYSORE: The ongoing agitation against the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal received a boost on Monday when Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of Kannada matinee idol, the late Rajkumar, took part in a procession here with members of Shaktidhama, a voluntary organisation supported by Rajkumar's family, writers and Kannada activists condemning the verdict.
Ms. Rajkumar sat in a dharna with members of the Cauvery Kriya Samiti at K.R. Circle. More than 300 people, including Ms. Rajkumar's daughter Lakshmi, son-in-law and producer S.A. Govindaraju, trustees of Shaktidhama, the writer Devanoor Mahadeva and Kamala Raman participated in the agitation.
Addressing the protesters, Ms. Rajkumar recalled her husband's struggle to protect the rights of Kannadigas and reiterated that her family would continue to strive for the cause of Kannadanadu and Kannada.
Meena Toogudeepa (mother of the Kannada actor Darshan), members of the Dr. Rajkumar Seva Trust, Samatha Adhyana Kendra, Dr. Rajkumar and Shivarajkumar Fans' Association and others joined the agitation.
Rally by doctors
Doctors, nurses, nursing students and paramedics and medical students took out a huge rally protesting against the verdict.
Demanding the immediate intervention of the President and the Prime Minister to settle the age-old dispute and do justice to Karnataka, they shouted slogans during the procession, which began from the MMCRI premises. The march ended at the office of the Deputy Commissioner where a memorandum addressed to the President and the Prime Minister was submitted. The procession passed through Irwin Road, Ashoka Road, Old Statue Circle, and K.R. Circle. A human chain was formed at the circle.
A group led by the former MLA Vedanta Hemmige sat in a dharna under the banner of the Cauvery Horata Kriya Samiti demanding justice to farmers.
Members of the Mysore City Lorry Owners' Association took out a procession of 60 trucks carrying daily wage workers, loaders and others from the truck terminus to K.R. Circle in protest against the verdict. They presented a memorandum to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.