Kodava Gowda community members present water from Talacauvery to Deputy Commissioner's officeFreedom fighters sing patriotic songs during their demonstration
MYSORE: Protests against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal are continuing in the city.
On Friday, the protests were held on a mammoth scale, with the agitators adding some drama.
Members of Kodava Gowda community staged a novel protest presenting the water brought from Talacauvery, the birthplace of the Cauvery, to an official at the Deputy Commissioner's office here. The members, dressed in traditional costumes, came to the office in a procession, presented a container with the water from Cauvery. They submitted a memorandum addressed to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam favouring a national water policy.
Workers of Government Silk Factory and Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC), representing various trade unions, took out a procession with a tableau depicting the politicians of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and also the members of the tribunal. The procession that began on the factory premises drew the attention of passers-by en route to K.R. Circle.
Members of Bahusar Kshatriya Samaj took out a procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple to K.R. Circle protesting against the verdict. Autorickshaw drivers drove their vehicles around the K.R. Circle registering their protest. They later went to the Deputy Commissioner's office and presented a memorandum.
More than 600 students of Akkanabalaga educational institutions also took out a rally against the verdict.
With `Vande Mataram'
Several freedom fighters also joined the Cauvery agitation by staging a demonstration at Gandhi Square in the city.
They raised slogans and sang patriotic songs during the demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue. Sare Jahan Se Achcha and Vande Mataram rent the air.
Later, they went in a procession to K.R. Circle, where they staged a symbolic sit-in before proceeding to Deputy Commissioner's office and submitting a memorandum seeking "Karnataka's rightful share in Cauvery water".
At the demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue, veteran freedom fighter and staunch Gandhian Seetharam Iyengar recalled the history of Cauvery dispute since the construction of KRS reservoir.
He accused the British rulers of discriminating against the erstwhile Mysore region as the Madras Presidency was directly under its control unlike the Mysore region, which was ruled by the Wadiyars.
"They had created obstacles in the construction of the KRS reservoir. The issue went all the way to Britain, where permission was accorded to construct a reservoir and store a limited quantity of water," he said.
In the memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, the Freedom Fighters' Association said the tribunal had overlooked the drinking water requirement of Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and other places.
Meanwhile, the Border Areas Struggle Committee, which launched a "Kannambadi Chalo" from Bangalore to KRS arrived in Mysore on Friday evening. Scores of activists led by Kannada protagonists Vatal Nagaraj and Sa.Ra. Govind arrived in Mysore in more than a dozen vehicles. They held a demonstration at K.R. Circle before proceeding to Deputy Commissioner's office, where the leaders addressed a gathering. Later in the evening, they left for KRS reservoir.