KRS will go dry if the outflow continues, says Siddaramaiah
A serious of protests were held here on Thursday by political parties, students, advocates and pro-Kannada groups against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.
Leading a padayatra, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah urged the State government to stop the release of water immediately. There was every possibility of the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir going dry if the present rate of outflow continued for a couple of days, he said. Mr. Siddaramaiah blamed the State government for failing to tackle the Cauvery issue properly.
A.H. Vishwanath, MP, Tanvir Sait, V. Srinivas Prasad, Mahadeva Prasad and B. Chikkanna, MLAs, and Dase Gowda, Mysore Congress unit president, were present at the rally.
Several students from different colleges staged a protest shouting slogans against the State government. Traffic was diverted as the students marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office via Ramaswamy Circle to submit a memorandum to the State government to stop the water release. Mysore Bar Association members staged a dharna near the Gandhi bust in front of law courts to express solidarity with the people agitating against the water release to Tamil Nadu.
They boycotted the court proceedings and threatened to intensify the agitation if the release of water continued. The Akhila Karnataka Vishnuvardhan Fans’ Association staged a dharna in front of the Gandhi bust to express their support to the agitation.
Several Janata Dal (Secular) workers gathered at the Chamarajapuram railway station and detained the Tirupati–Mysore–Chamarajanagar train for more than 15 minutes. Also joining the protests were members of the Cauvery Hitarakshana Samiti at Hebbal in the city, who took out a rally to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum.
Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike converged at the CADA office to register their protest.