KARNATAKA

Protests against tribunal award resume in Mandya

Staff Correspondent

`Cauvery Abhisheka' at Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala today

Postcard campaign seeks President's interventionWomen perform `urulu seve' in Maddur town

MYSORE: After a day's break for Mahashivaratri on Friday, protesters were back on the streets in Mandya and surrounding towns on Saturday with the same vigour to protest against the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

A group of theatre persons under the banner of Parisara Jagrutha Vedike staged a street play at Sanjay Circle in Mandya on the consequences of the final award being implemented in its present form.

More than 100 students and youth organised a postcard campaign to convey their feelings on the Cauvery dispute to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Led by retired IAS officer T. Timme Gowda, the protesters, demanding justice to farmers, put their thumb impression in blood on postcards and posted them to the President seeking his intervention to resolve the dispute over the sharing of Cauvery waters.

Members of the Mini-Goods Truck Owners' Association took out a procession of mini-trucks on the main streets protesting against the verdict. The procession brought traffic on the Mysore-Bangalore expressway to a halt for some time. Members of the Kerala Samaj also staged a demonstration protesting against the final award.

Maddur town, which is also in the forefront of protests against the final award, witnessed `urulu seve' by women members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike from the Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple to the taluk office.

A group of protesters laid siege to the post office in the town to vent their ire against the verdict.

Cauvery water will be poured over an idol of Lord Manjunatheshwara and a statue of Lord Bahubali at Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala on Sunday in an `abhisheka' for justice to farmers of the Cauvery basin. The water for the `Cauvery Abhisheka' was collected in five `kalashas' (pots) from Paschimavahini in Srirangapatna of Mandya district on Friday, which was followed by pujas according to the Jain tradition.

Elected representatives from the old Mysore region, led by Minister for Cooperation G.T. Deve Gowda, performed puja to the `kalashas' on the banks of the river. Mysore MP C.H. Vijayashankar, Srirangapatna MLA Vijayalakshmi Bandesiddegowda, Bannur MLA Sunita Veerappagowda, H.D. Kote MLA M.P. Venkatesh and Mr Deve Gowda carried the pots on their heads before handing them over to the authorities of the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Manjunathaswamy temple.

Water from the pots was poured into a tanker to be taken to the shrine for Sunday's special `abhisheka.'

Petition to Governor

Farmers from Mysore and Mandya will go to Bangalore either on February 23 or 24 to petition Governor T.N. Chaturvedi against the verdict of the Cauvery tribunal.

Speaking to presspersons in Mandya, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president K.S. Puttanaiah said a farmers' rally would be held in Mysore on March 9.

Congress workers and fans of actor-turned-politician Ambareesh will meet him in Bangalore on Monday to urge him to take the lead in the ongoing Cauvery agitation.