BENGALURU: Pro-Kannada organisations and farmer unions have called for Karnataka bandh, from 6am to 6pm, on September 9 to protest the recent Supreme Court directive asking Karnataka to release Cauvery water to TN.
This will be the second time in a week that there will be a shutdown. On September 2, Bengaluru shut down for a nationwide trade union strike. Kannada activist and president of Federation of Kannada Organisations Vatal Nagaraj said around 800 pro-Kannnda organisations are supporting the bandh. “We have no other way to protest and have our voice heard. The water situation is so grim in the Cauvery basin that if water is released to Tamil Nadu, we will not have water to drink. We understand that frequent bandhs inconvenience the public, but we have no choice as successive governments have failed to protect the interests of farmers in the Cauvery basin,” he said.
Farmers’ leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar said: “There is nothing wrong in highlighting our plight. Any decision to release water should be made af ter doing a detailed ground check of the situation at KRS dam and other reservoirs on the Cauvery basin,” he added.
Pro-Kannada activists led Vatal Nagaraj and Sa Ra Govindu, stage president of Rajkumar Fans Association, held a protest at Majestic and burnt an effigy of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. “The legal team from Karnataka has failed to represent the problems of the Cauvery basin in the Supreme Court,” he said.
Credits Times of India