1. Cauvery row: Mandya farmers stage protests against water release to Tamil Nadu

Cauvery row: Mandya farmers stage protests against water release to Tamil Nadu

The agitations to Supreme Court orders following the release of Cauvery river's water to Tamil Nadu have been on the rise. The decision that has not been taken down well by the Karnataka residents has been receiving strong backlash and protests.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2016 12:16 PM
The Karnataka farmers who are largely dependent on the disputed river for irrigation purposes sat on roads, holding placards and raising slogans against the SC decision. The Karnataka farmers who are largely dependent on the disputed river for irrigation purposes sat on roads, holding placards and raising slogans against the SC decision.

The agitations to Supreme Court orders following the release of Cauvery river’s water to Tamil Nadu have been on the rise. The decision that has not been taken down well by the Karnataka residents has been receiving strong backlash and protests. The Karnataka government had agreed to the decisions despite ‘severe hardships’.

To stage their discontentment with the decision, farmers came out on roads in districts like Mandya. The Karnataka farmers who are largely dependent on the disputed river for irrigation purposes sat on roads, holding placards and raising slogans against the SC decision.

Today, the buses heading from TN to Karnataka were also stopped by the protestors. Moreover, groups like Karnataka Rakshana Vedike also burnt posters of P Jayalalitha while sitting opposite Mysore Bank Circle.

The row that has been on for between the two neighbouring states saw a major development when SC ordered release of water by Karnataka into Tamil Nadu. The TN government had earlier appealed in SC saying that the water released was lesser than the decided one. However, Karnataka had pleaded their case by saying that they were already facing a deficit.

Mandya, the district known as the ‘Heart of Cauvery’ has been witnessing the strongest discontentment. Schools and Colleges had also been shut down. Farmers have blocked roads near Sanjay Circle day in and out. They have been cooking in the open and are demanding a recall of the decision. However, Tamil Nadu states the immediacy of water release considering the dire urgency of the farmers.

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