BANGALORE: The Akhila Karnataka Gadi Horata Samiti on Friday began its "Kannambaadi Chalo" to protest against the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
Kannada Chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj, MLA, kicked off the march from Rani Kittur Chennamma statue near Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall here. Around 500 people, led by Mr. Nagaraj, left for Kannambaadi in vehicles.
The protesters would stage demonstrations in front of the Deputy Commissioner's offices in Mandya and Mysore before reaching Kannambaadi, Mr. Nagaraj announced. The former MLA K. Prabhakara Reddy, Akhila Karnataka Dr. Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha president Sa. Ra. Govindu, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti leader N. Murthy and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike president Praveen Kumar Shetty were among those who accompanied Mr. Nagaraj.
Hundreds of students, under the banner of Kannada Vedike Students' Wing, took out a procession and held a protest meeting near Mysore Bank Circle. The Rajajinagar Vokkaligara Hitha Rakshana Vedike also took out a procession from 1st Block, Rajajinagar, to Navarang Circle to protest against the tribunal award.
Members of the Akhila Karnataka Kannada Chaluvali Kendra Samiti staged a demonstration at Chickpet Circle on Avenue Road and burnt an effigy of the tribunal.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (Doctors' Cell) and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists held separate protest meetings in front of the Gandhi statue on Mahatma Gandhi Road. Congress workers also held a demonstration at Hebbal.