KARNATAKA

Conditional support for bandh

Staff Correspondent

`Support causes of north Karnataka'

`Last chance for people of south Karnataka'People asked to cooperate in ensuring peaceful bandh

RAICHUR: The joint action committee of the district units of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), Dalit Sangharsha Samithi (DSS), Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha and the District Bar Association, has expressed conditional support for the State-wide bandh on Monday called by the Kannada Sena and other pro-Kannada organisations in protest against the verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

`Reluctant'

President of the district unit of the Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha and convenor of the joint action committee Basawaraj Kalsa told presspersons here on Saturday that north Karnataka organisations were reluctant to extend support to causes affecting south Karnataka as the people from the Cauvery basin areas hardly ever extended similar support when it came to problems affecting the Krishna basin regions.

No response

He said the people from the south had never responded when the interests of farmers in the Krishna basin areas had been threatened.

They had also not supported the demand of north Karnataka organisations for an amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution and implementation of the recommendations of the Nanjudappa committee for the development of the backward regions in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

However, the north Karnataka organisations had decided to give the people of the south a "last chance" and would extend their support to the agitation against the award of the Cauvery tribunal.

In future, they would not extend any support to the causes of people in south Karnataka unless they proved their solidarity with the people of the northern regions, Mr. Kalsa said.

Dharna

He said the members of the committee had decided to stage a dharna at Kati Darwaza in the city and take out a procession in support of the bandh on Monday.

They have appealed to the people to cooperate in ensuring a peaceful bandh in the city.

They would also submit a memorandum to the district administration on the issue, he added.

President of the district Kannada Sahitya Parishat K.M. Purad and president of the District Bar Association Bhanjraj were present.