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Make forceful argument for Cauvery waters: Narayana Murthy

Written by: Staff

Mysore, Apr 8: Coming down heavily on agitators protesting against the final verdict of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal for shutting down the operations in the state in the name of 'bandh', Infosys Chief Mentor and Non-executive Chairman N R Narayana Murthy today said that the state should make sure that it had better data in support of its claims and forcefully argue in platforms like the Union government or the Supreme Court.

Speaking to news persons after the visit of President A P J Abdul Kalam to Infosys' Global Training Centre here, he said, ''What is the point in calling for shut downs, burning buses, hit people going to the school. This will not help. If you want Karnataka to win and get its share of waters, you have to be better prepared with the data,'' he said.

Reacting sharply to a question that Infosys did not support the bandh call given by various institutions to protest the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, Mr Murthy said the solution was not in closing down businesses, schools and offices but put up its case forcefully at New Delhi and Supreme Court. ''If we continue this, not only Karnataka loses Cauvery water but it also loses revenue for the day. What a silly thing,'' he lamented.

He said the government should make sure that it argues with all the data and make sure what ever action plan it wanted to make be made at Delhi and the Supreme court and not in Bangalore. To another question he said the IT companies did not get land free of cost from anybody including the state governments. ''Nobody has given it (land for IT companies) free. IT companies pay Income Tax to the government and their employees spend a major portion of their income in the place they live. We have paid for it. Nobody is doing anybody a favour,'' he said.


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