Why the BJP did not make the Cauvery issue political?

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There are protests galore in Karnataka over the Cauvery issue and there appears to be no solution in sight with farmers only intensifying their protest with each passing day. The Cauvery Waters issue has always been political in Karnataka and those who have defied Tamil Nadu’s demands have always made gains politically.

A question that many would ask is why the BJP in Karnataka did not capitalise on the issue and defy the release of water. While any such move by Karnataka would have earned the wrath of the Supreme Court, it would have still have been beneficial for any party politically.

The fact is that the Karnataka BJP which rules Karnataka had first planned on defying the order of the Cauvery River Waters Authority which ordered the release of 9000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu. Even after the Supreme Court rap, many leaders in the state had said that they should stand by the demands of the farmers and defy the order even at the risk of losing power. Continue reading “Why the BJP did not make the Cauvery issue political?”

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Cauvery- Hunger strike from Thursday

The farmers protesting the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu would sit in an indefinite hunger strike at the Krishna Raja Sagar dam near Mysore starting tomorrow even as the Union Government has assured to send expert team to both states to study the issue.
The indefinite hunger strike which was to commence today was postponed to Thursday and 1000s of farmers led by their leader Made Gowda will go on a hunger strike. They have demanded the reversal of the order of the Cauvery River Waters Authority headed by the Prime Minister which had ordered the release of water to Tamil Nadu. Continue reading “Cauvery- Hunger strike from Thursday”

JD(S) MLA’s resign over Cauvery issue

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Even as Karnataka continues to release water to Tamil Nadu as per the directive of the Cauvery River Waters Authority, all the MLAs from the Janata Dal (S) have tendered their resignations against this move by the Karnataka government.

The JD(S) MLAs tendered their resignations to their party chief, H D Kumaraswamy. The MLAs stated that they do not want to be part of the legislature as they are protesting against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Kumaraswamy will convene a meeting with his party legislators tomorrow and decide on the next course of action.

Meanwhile protests continued in various parts of the state against the release of water to Tamil Nadu. Protests were intense at the Cauvery basin district of the state for a second day in a row and police took into preventive custody nearly 100 persons. There were protests at the Mysore bank circle in Bangalore as well. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar while urging the people to maintain calm told media persons that the action to release water is inevitable in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.Several trains connecting Bangalore and Mysore were also hit. The Karnataka Road Transport Corporation has also suspended its services fearing violence. Many vehicles bearing the Tamil Nadu registration also stayed off the roads in Bangalore and rest of the state. The state has deployed three companies of the Rapid Action Force as a security measure.

The Karnataka Legal team says that it is in the process of preparing an appeal and would file it before the Supreme Court as early as possible. The appeal against the order of the Cauvery River Water Authority would be filed before the Supreme Court once Karnataka fulfills its condition of releasing 9000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu