Staff Correspondent

“I invited Mr. Karunanidhi for talks, but he has not responded”

‘I do not think politicians can solve problems of farmers. Only nature’s blessings will bring happiness to them.’

MYSORE: Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said that it was the responsibility of the Centre to resolve the Cauvery dispute in the larger interests of the farmers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, despite the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal having given its final verdict.

He was addressing a large gathering of farmers from Mandya district here after offering ‘bagina’ to the Cauvery, a traditional ceremony, when the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Srirangapatna taluk reached its full level.

KRS reaches full level

The KRS has reached its FRL of 124.80 ft and the Kabini, 2,284 ft.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he was keen on resolving the dispute amicably by holding a dialogue with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

“I invited Mr. Karunanidhi for talks on four or five occasions, but he has not responded to my invitation. Now that Mother Nature has blessed the land with bountiful rainfall, the dam is full and there won’t be any tussle over sharing water.”

Harmonious ties

Mr. Kumaraswamy said farmers of the States were like brothers and there should be a harmonious relationship between the neighbouring States. “I do not think politicians can solve the problems of farmers. Only nature’s blessings will bring happiness to them.”

He thanked the farmers of Mandya, Mysore and Tumkur districts for staging peaceful agitations against the tribunal verdict without breaking the law, and expressed confidence that they would get justice with regard to the of sharing of Cauvery waters.

]“I can understand your pain and apprehension over the verdict. But the Government is with you and will strive to provide justice.” Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa and Minister for Transport N. Cheluvarayaswamy spoke.

Memorandum

Before coming to the dam, the Chief Minister received a memorandum from farmers, who were staging dharna at the gate under the leadership of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president K S Puttanaiah, to highlight their demands, including a remunerative price for sugarcane.

Mr. Kumaraswamy offered ‘bagina’ to the Cauvery at 4.30 p.m. , amidst the chanting of vedic hymns by priests from Srirangapatna temple.

Performs puja

He also performed puja to the idol of the goddess Cauvery.According to one of the priests who conducted the ceremony, this was the first time since the tradition began that ‘bagina’ was offered to the river in the evening.

Actor-turned-politician Ambareesh, MLAs and prominent politicians of Mandya district were present on the occasion.

More In: KARNATAKA | NATIONAL