Hogenakkal issue: Karnataka bandh on Apr 10

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Bangalore, Apr 4: Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV), which is spearheading the agitation against Tamil Nadu taking up the Hogenakkal project called for a 'Karnataka Bandh' on April 10. Talking to the soruces here, KRV president Narayana Gowda said a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held on Thursday evening.

He said it was also decided to hold a rally on the day and convene a meeting again on April 14 at Kollegal in Chamarajanagar district. ''If Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi fails to tender a public apology and stop the project, the KRV would lead a delegation to Delhi to pressurise the Centre to direct Tamil Nadu Government to shelve the project until the border issue was resolved,'' Mr Gowda added. Karnataka Border Horata Samithi had also given a bandh call on April 10.

The Karnataka High Court rejected a Public Interest Litigation filed by Mr C S Govindraju of Chamarajanagar, who contended that the project taken up by Tamil Nadu was ''illegal'' and sought a direction to Tamil Nadu to stop the works on the project. Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph asked the petitioner to draw the attention of the state government first and then approach the Court.

The agitation continued for the third day in the state with pro-Kannada activists burning Mr Karunanidhi in effigy and attacking bus and goods vehicles of Tamil Nadu registration. In Maddur, the agitators pelted stones at four Tamil Nadu registration lorries.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna has appealed to Tamil Nadu to cooperate in reaching a consensus through talks on the Hogenakkal issue. ''Tamil Nadu should cooperate with Karnataka in finding a consensus on the project through talks and it is in the interest of both the states,'' he added. In Bangalore, agitators tried to attack the office of a television channel belonging to Mr Karunanidhi, however, the police rushed to the spot and chased them away.


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