Cauvery issue: Karnataka CM writes to PM Narendra Modi; fresh protests erupt in state

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New Delhi | Published: September 9, 2016 3:46:20 PM

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to call a meeting of chief ministers of states concerned to resolve the Cauvery water dispute following the Supreme Court's direction to release water from the river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to call a meeting of chief ministers of states concerned to resolve the Cauvery water dispute following the Supreme Court's direction to release water from the river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. (PTI)Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to call a meeting of chief ministers of states concerned to resolve the Cauvery water dispute following the Supreme Court?s direction to release water from the river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to call a meeting of chief ministers of states concerned to resolve the Cauvery water dispute following the Supreme Court’s direction to release water from the river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. It is evident that the ongoing conflict has been taking quite a toll on the lives of people of Karnataka as fresh agitation has erupted with Jai Karnataka organisation protesting in Gulbarga district against the apex court’s order. According to reports, there is a clash between police and Jai Karnataka activists even as the southern state is witnessing a dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits on Friday.

This is the second bandh that the state is bracing for in less than a week’s time and the fourth this year.

Transport services have been hit with government buses staying off the roads while auto-rickshaw and cab unions have extended their support to the bandh. Metro services in the country’s IT hub have also been halted. The Karnataka Cable Operators’ Association, which is supporting the strike, has said Tamil TV channels will not be aired.

Activists of JAYA KARNATAKA, which claims that it is a not-for-profit organization that aims at improving the quality of life of the people of the state, have made several attempts to stop trains bound for Tamil Nadu but were foiled by the police.

Earlier, Karnataka government had decided to abide by the Supreme court directive to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. Siddaramaiah then told reporters: “As we cannot defy a constitutional body like the Supreme court, with a heavy heart we have decided to release the water as directed by the apex court.”

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