KRV calls off K'taka bandh on April 10

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Bangalore, Apr 5: Responding to the Tamil Nadu government's decision to put on hold the Hogenakkal drinking water project till the Karnataka Assembly elections are over, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), spearheading the agitation against the implementation of the project, has withdrawn its state-wide bandh call on April 10.

KRV President Narayana Gowda told UNI that ''since the Tamil Nadu government has put on hold the project, we have also decided to temporarily call off the proposed bandh.'' He said the agitations in various parts of the state would also be suspended temporarily. ''However, if the Tamil Nadu government goes ahead with the project, we will not remain a silent spectator. Even after installation of a popular government, we will not allow the project to take off,'' Mr Gowda added. Meanwhile, 'Jaya Karnataka' activists led by its President Muthappa Rai, would take out a 'Jatha' to Hogenakkal to protest against the project. Police had made eleborate security arrangements at the site and six platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) were deployed in Hogenakkal.

Talking to mediapersons in Mysore, Mr Rai said if Tamil Nadu failed to lift the ban imposed on Kannada channels, the cable operators in Karnataka would be asked to stop beaming Tamil programmes.

''Our 'Jatha' will lay seige to the project and destroy it. We are ready to face police if they prevent from achieving our goal'', Mr Rai added.

UNI

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