Following violent protests in his state over Cauvery water dispute, Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah has written to his Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalithaa, appealing peace and strict action against the perpetrators of violence. The leader also tweeted a copy of the letter. In his letter, Karnataka CM urged Jayalalithaa to direct authorities in Tamil Nadu to ensure that perpetrators of violence are immediately brought to book. He also stated that that the Karnataka government is “committed to maintaining law and order in the state.”
The leader also voiced his concern for the Kannada speaking people residing in Tamil Nadu. Citing Sunday’s incident, where a Kannada speaking youth was beaten over a Facebook post, Siddaramaiah appealed for peace and harmony. He also assured that authorities in his state are taking complete care people who speak other languages, especially Tamil.
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Earlier, while speaking to media, Siddaramaiah had asked Jayalalithaa to provide protection to Kannadigas.
The CM also appealed to the media “not to glorify” certain incidents relating to “sensitive” issues and be restrained in reporting them. The Karnataka Home Minister KG Parameshwara has also appealed to people of both the states to not to resort to violence.
Violent protests erupted in Karnataka today after Supreme Court modified its September 5 order, and ordered Karnataka state government to release 12000 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu till September 20 on a daily basis. While issuing the order, the apex court also expressed its displeasure to state government for not implementing the previously issued order to release 15,000 cusecs of water. The top court made the observations while hearing Karnataka’s plea reduce the quantum of Cauvery water to be released to Tamil Nadu from 15,000 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs.