JD(S) Member of Parliament and former Prime Minister HD Devegowda turned emotional during his recent press conference discussing the controversial issue of water sharing in Cauvery.
Gowda further noted, “I have appealed to the Prime Minister on the prevailing situation. In my letter to the Prime Minister, I wrote that the Jal Shakti Department should file a review petition and an expert committee should be sent to Karnataka to study the situation of water and standing crops.
The protesters demanded sharing of Cauvery water to save the status’Kuruvai‘cultivation of crops in Tamil Nadu.
The ongoing Cauvery conflict between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has escalated in recent times. This escalation started when farmer groups in Karnataka protested against the transfer of water to Tamil Nadu. Their contention is that the state’s reservoirs are currently facing water scarcity due to insufficient rainfall in the Cauvery basin during this year.
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The footage from Trichy showed the protesters raising slogans demanding release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu and rescuing farmers. Earlier, on Sunday, a group of farmers in Trichy staged a protest by standing in the waters of the Cauvery river over the ongoing dispute with Karnataka.
Both states have witnessed protests after Karnataka hardened its stand on Cauvery water sharing, citing severe drought in parts of the state.
The Cauvery Water Management Authority has issued an order directing the Karnataka government to release 5,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to neighboring state Tamil Nadu. However, it is worth noting that the court dismissed a petition by the Tamil Nadu government seeking an increase in the current daily share of Cauvery water from 5,000 to 7,200 cusecs.
In Bengaluru, pro-Kannada organizations have announced a ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ scheduled for September 26. This call for a city-wide shutdown follows a recent all-out bandh observed in Mandya city in protest against a Supreme Court ruling.
(With inputs from ANI)
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Updated: Sep 25, 2023 1:59 PM IST