The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda said on Tuesday that it will not be a big problem to bring the excess waters of the Netravati to the parched central Karnataka region, including Kolar and Chickballapur, if the Janata Dal(S) was voted to power.

Addressing an election campaign meeting at an open air theatre in Bangarpet, he criticised Union Ministers M. Veerappa Moily and K.H. Muniyappa, who represent Chickballapur and Kolar Lok Sabha constituencies, respectively, for their alleged failure to convince the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre of the need to intervene when the State faced “injustice” from the judgment of the Cauvery River Waters Tribunal.

Citing the example of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Deve Gowda asked the people to vote a regional party to power as only regional parties can safeguard the interests of any State.

MLC M.C. Nanaiah alleged that the BJP had sabotaged the democratic process by resorting to “Operation Lotus” in the State.

Janata Dal(S) candidate Ramachandrappa from Bangarpet (SC) constituency and party’s State unit vice-president K.B. Gopalkrishna participated. During his tour, Mr. Deve Gowda also addressed election meetings at Kolar Gold Fields and Mulbagal.