Karnataka bandh on Sept 9 over Cauvery Water issue
Bengaluru, Sept 6: Pro-Kannada organisations and several farmers unions have called for a Karnataka bandh on September 9 to protest against the verdict of the Supreme Court which ordered the release of Cauvery Water to Tamil Nadu. The bandh is expected to be total.
The state government is already gearing up for the bandh call given by the activists who also include Vatal Nagraj. The Supreme Court had on Monday ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next ten days.
There have been a spate of protests in Karnataka on Tuesday and at least 700 buses have been stopped from entering Tamil Nadu.
Around 418 buses from Tamil Nadu too were stopped from entering Karnataka. Protests were highest in Mandya where people vandalised a PWD office and a police station. Effigies of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa were burnt in several parts of the state.
Protestors who raised slogans outside the house of Water Resources Minister, M B Patil also demanded his resignation. There were also protests against Fali S Nariman, senior counsel appearing for Karnataka in the Cauvery Waters case.
Earlier during the day, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah met with experts to discuss the situation. He is also expected to convene an all party meeting later today.
Karnataka is expected to urge the supervisory committee to take note of the issue as soon as possible and visit the state. The committee has been told by the Supreme Court to examine the ground reality and report to it. The committee will also hear Tamil Nadu's side of the case.