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Karnataka CM writes letter to Narendra Modi to call for meeting over Cauvery water dispute

CM Siddahramaiya in a statement addressing the Cauvery issue said that he did not want to suppress the demand of a state bandh, as that might worsen the situation

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Cauvery Kaveri River in Karnataka, India. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • A bandh has been declared in Karnataka after violent protests
  • The Supreme Court gives an order to Karnataka to supply 1500 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu
  • Chief Minister writes a letter to the Modi to resolve the issue immediately

Sept 10, 2016: The Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has led to a series of violent protests in the latter state. This further led to the calling of a complete bandh in Karnataka by the Chief Minister Siddahramaiya.

The people of this state got aggressive on the latest verdict of Supreme Court which asked the government of Karnataka to supply 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as it’s reservoirs do not have enough water to comply with the needs of the entire population, mentioned TOI report.

This has made the farmers in the state outrageous as this would not only affect the availability of drinking water in the state but will also deprive them of enough water supply for irrigation as they are dependent on Cauvery basin to a very great extent.

Karnataka CM Siddahramaiya, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Karnataka CM Siddahramaiya, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

CM Siddahramaiya in a statement addressing this issue said that he did not want to suppress the demand of a state bandh, as that might worsen the situation.

In order to  resolve the problem as swiftly as he can, he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. In the letter, he stated various facts regarding the water supply issue and also urged for an immediate meeting call of the chief minister of these states.

He further mentioned, that the decision of the Supreme Court will also badly affect the IT sector of the state leading to a crash in the Indian economy. In a rather ridiculing tone, Siddaramaiah also wrote that the state BJP unit had proposed to the government not to implement the order of the apex court, mentioned TOI report.

“However, as a constitutional chief executive of the state, I have taken it upon myself to obey the orders of the SC and the water is being released as per the order, which has created more unrest and disquiet in the state,” said the CM.

The CM was then quoted saying, Tamil Nadu is still in a better position due to the water level in the reservoir of Mettur and also the beneficiary rainfall from the north-east. The situation indeed is of unrest and violence in Karnataka. People have already witnessed violent protests on the roads. All the schools, colleges, and government offices were shut down on Friday along with the auto and taxi unions. The Bandh was supported by the opposition party as well.

– prepared by Ayushi Gaur of Newsgram

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Jayalalithaa’s death: Apollo submits documents

The mystery still continues after Apollo submitted treatment related documents

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The death of Amma continues to be a mystery. Wikimedia commons
The death of Amma continues to be a mystery. Wikimedia commons
  • OPS was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that no one was allowed access to Amma.
  • Ministers and party leaders had various version of the scenario.
  • Following all this, an inquiry commission was set up to probe the matter.
Sasikala has been alleged of not allowing access to anyone while Amma was in hospital. IANS
Sasikala has been alleged of not allowing access to anyone while Amma was in the hospital. IANS

On Friday, Apollo Hospitals submitted two suitcases packed with documents related to the treatment given to J. Jayalalithaa to an inquiry commission set up to probe her death. The commission was also set up to investigate the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalization and her treatment.

The commission, headed by retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy, followed by several ministers and party members alleged that they were not allowed to meet the AIADMK chief while she was in the hospital.

V.K. Sasikala’s advocate Raja Senthurapandian has been ordered by the panel to appear before it on 22nd January.

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Background

After O Panneerselvam alleged that ‘there’s more’ to Jayalalithaa’s death, what followed was a mirage of statements from several party leaders and ministers. The various version came up regarding the scenario of Amma’s treatment.

Opposition DMK had demanded a CBI inquiry.

OPS’s role

OPS was the first leader who came out with allegations against Sasikala, Wikimedia commons
OPS was the first leader who came out with allegations against Sasikala, Wikimedia commons

O Panneerselvam was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that there’s more to the death of Amma. All of it wasn’t made public, he said. OPS also said he wasn’t allowed to meet Jayalalithaa.

The inquiry commission was set up after the AIADMK merger of EPS and OPS factions.

The inquiry was a pre-condition for the merger set by OPS. This was seen as to move to target Sasikala as she was the only one who was allowed access to Amma, at the hospital.

Panneerselvam had also accused Sasikala of ‘forcing him’ to resign when he was the acting Chief Minister. The picture which came up was, Sasikala is trying to assume power.

Also read: Iron Lady of India: Jayalalithaa was an inspiration for Women

Ministers and party leaders

Observing the differences between the ruling AIADMK leaders, Opposition took advantage to demand a CBI enquiry. Wikimedia commons
Observing the differences between the ruling AIADMK leaders, Opposition took advantage to demand a CBI enquiry. Wikimedia Commons

The inquiry commission was lost in a maze of contradictions as various ministers had various versions of Jayalalithaa’s treatment at Apollo Hospital.

Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan: Sasikala’s family manipulated Jayalalithaa’s treatment and also prevented access to VIP visitors like Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi. This was done to ensure so that the truth about her hospitalization doesn’t come out. Only Sasikala and her family had access to Amma. Even the ministers weren’t allowed.

Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan: He repeated the charge. “The truth is that none of us saw Jayalalithaa during that period of hospitalization. We only saw her body when it was brought out of the hospital lift on December 4 night.” said the minister.

Whereas Cooperation Minister Sellur K. Raju differed on the matter. “All of us, ministers, saw Jayalalithaa when she was undergoing treatment at Apollo. This is the truth,” he said.

P Vetrivel, a disqualified MLA from Dinakaran’s camp had released a video in December last year which show Amma resting on her hospital bed and sipping fruit juice while watching TV. He said it’s untrue that no one met Jayalalithaa during her treatment days. Dinakaran claims the video was shot by Sasikala herself.