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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
  • 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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“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

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