‘Karnataka Okkuta’, led by Vatal Nagaraj, leader of Vatal Paksha, a Kannada activist, has called for ‘Karnataka Bandh’ on September 9.
“There is no water in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar, and that is the truth. We have called for Karnataka bandh on September 9 to protest against the injustice meted out to farmers here,” Nagaraj told reporters, after visiting the KRS. He also asked the Supreme Court authorities to visit the spot before coming to any conclusions.
He also recalled the statements by the Supreme Court ‘live and let live’ and warned that there would be a severe protest in the state if the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah releases even a single drop of water.
The farmers burnt effigies and posters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and urged Siddaramaiah not to discharge water as the state is facing severe drought.
“For the last four years, the farmers in the Cauvery region in Karnataka have been losing crops continuously owing to either drought or Cauvery water crisis,” KRRS leader K S Nanjundegowda, who led the ‘Jala Satyagraha’, said.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah has called for an all-party meeting on Tuesday to review the situation. Law Minister T B Jayachandra termed the Supreme Court directive a ‘setback’.
Protests broke out in other parts of the state including Chamarajanagar, Mysuru and Hubballi with farmers and pro-Kannada activists demonstrating against the Supreme Court order and urging the Siddaramaiah government to protect interests of Karnataka farmers and not release water to Tamil Nadu.
Kaveri Niravari Nigama Assistant Executive Engineer Varadaraju was also present on the occasion.