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Vedike activists decide to boycott Assembly elections

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Up in arms:Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staging a protest in Mandya on Sunday.
Up in arms:Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staging a protest in Mandya on Sunday.

Upset over politicians’ apathetic attitude over resolving the decades old Krishna and Cauvery water disputes, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayana Gowda faction) has decided to boycott voting in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The Vedike members met at the ‘Karnataka Sangha’ here on Sunday and expressed their anguish against the negligent approach by politicians in solving the issue.

The elected representatives were least bothered over solving the ongoing Krishna and Cauvery water disputes. Hence, people at the Krishna and Cauvery basins have been facing acute shortage of water for agricultural activities, the Vedike activists said.

Hundreds of farmers in the catchments have ended their lives unable to bear the crop loss, they said.

They also urged the Centre not to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The constitution of CMB would further complicate the ongoing Cauvery water crisis.

Soon after the meeting, the activists staged a protest demonstration on Stadium Road and raised slogans against the Union and State governments for not taking initiatives to address the farmers’ grievances.

V.C. Umashankar, M.S. Chidamber, D. Ashok, H.E. Yogesh, Manju, Narayan, Potera Mahadeva, Shivamma Shivanand, Jayasheela, Shobha, and Bharathi Kumar were present.

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