Bhasker Reddy and Narasimhababu from among a group of leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular), who were on an indefinite fast since Friday demanding that the quantity of water being released into the low-level canal of the Tungabhadra reservoir be increased, were shifted to the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday after they complained of weakness.

Paramedical staff of the institute checked the condition of other members of the group.

N. Suryanarayan Reddy, president of the district unit of the Janata Dal (S), criticised the elected representatives and the district administration for not initiating steps to concede the demand of farmers. Although Karnataka’s share of 550 cusecs of water is being released into the canal, farmers have not been able to irrigate their fields because the water-level is below the distribution point. This problem has arisen mainly because the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to draw its share of 550 cusecs. Mr. Suryanarayan Reddy took exception to what he described as lack of concern towards the plight of farmers in crisis.

Members of the Yuva Janata Dal (S) took out a motorcycle rally in support of the protesting farmers.

  • They are among a group of party leaders observing indefinite fast

  • ‘Elected representatives have no concern

    for farmers’