The ongoing tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over Cauvery water has turned belligerent with farmers in Mandya and Mysore, joined by several pro-Kannada organisations, blocking roads and and stoning Tamil Nadu vehicles or writing slogans on Chennai-bound buses.
The Supreme Court on Monday directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to help farmers there to sow in the fields.
Soon after the state erupted into hysteric protests all over Mandya, with shops, hotels and other commercial establishments and theatres and hotels remained shut and schools and colleges declared a holiday in the district. The backlash over the verdict has forced authorities to stop plying more than 700 buses in the area disrupting bus services to Tamil Nadu. The stranded passengers at the Satellite Bus Station on Mysuru Road were seen trying to get into any vehicle that is passing by.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah held a meeting of opposition leaders, senior ministers, legal experts and officials, on Tuesday evening to discuss the further course of action.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said, “My appeal to the public is that don’t resort to agitation…and keep calm and we will make all efforts to protect the interest of the farmers… My appeal is be calm, and don’t spoil any government property or anything because it is a Supreme Court order. We have to go before the Supervisory Committee.” BJP leader and former CM B.S. Yeddiyurappa has asked the state government to file a revision petition before the Supreme Court again.
Even Bangalore has witnessed protests in Attibele bordering Hosur in Tamil Nadu as protestors gathered at the toll gate on Hosur Road and at Marathahalli junction in the city, blocking several vehicles. The bus services to Hosur were stopped as rumours soon reached all Hosur-bound vehicles that the buses were being blocked on the road by protestors.
The effect of the court verdict is seen spilling over the screening of “Kidaari”, a Tamil film, set for release at Nataraj Theatre in Sheshadripuram. Soon, several policemen were deployed to threatres where Tamil films are being screened, including Nataraj Theatre, Pushpanjali Theatre and Sampige Theatre.
Some farmers and pro-Kannada activists staged a protest in front of the residence of Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil and were detained by the police to be released later.
The pro-Kannada organisation Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staged a protest demonstration at Mekhri Circle and Kempegowda Bus Station at Majestic in the city.
The government has declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in Mandya and Mysuru for two days and the pro-Kannada outfits have called for a Karnataka Bandh on Friday, Sept. 9, repeating the last weekend’s saga of 4-day holiday continuously.
More than Bharat Bandh, Karnataka Bandh is taken seriously in the state, which comes to standstill. If Friday is closed over Cauvery River water release to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court verdict,