Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah has appealed for peace from people of the state where violent protests erupted on Monday after Supreme Court’s order to release 12,000 cusecs of water for neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Showing his displeasure over apex court’s verdict, Siddaramaiah said that Karnataka has been facing ‘injustice’ over Cauvery water issue for a long time. However, he said that state has to work as per the directions of the top court. “We have been facing injustice on Cauvery Issue for a very long time, But we have had to deal with the situation arising out of it, we have to implement in the executive what judiciary has directed,” Siddaramaiah said while talking to media. Appealing for peace, the CM said, “People should not take law into their own hands, don’t cause damage to public property.”
The Chief Minister also said that the state government has started releasing water for Tamil Nadu as per the directions of Supreme Court. “Yes we have been releasing water today, on and off,” said Siddaramaiah in reply to a question. Discussing centre’s intervention, the Chief Minister said that he has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the current situation and is likely meet him Wednesday. “I have written to the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter, have asked for an appointment immediately, most probably I will meet him tomorrow,” he said.
Expressing the state’s difficulty in executing Supreme Court’s order, the CM assured people of Cauvery basin area of providing enough drinking water. “Difficult to implement SC order, but will make sure there’s enough drinking water for Bengaluru, Mysore, Mandya, other Cauvery basin area,” he said.
Appealing media for sensible coverage of the issue, he said that Bengaluru doesn’t only serve as the capital of Karnataka but also as the Silicon Valley of India. Seeking media cooperation over issue, the CM asked the journalists to ‘join hands with government’