Protests in Karnataka against SC direction to release water

Bengaluru: Farmers and pro-Kannada outfit activists protested in various parts of Karnataka today against the Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah convened a meeting of legislature leaders and MPs here tomorrow to discuss the issue.

As farmers and others hit the streets protesting the apex court directive to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for next ten days to the neighbouring state, the Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi (Cauvery protection committee) called for a bandh tomorrow in Mandya, the hotbed of Cauvery politics.

Siddaramaiah, whose government has been expressing its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu citing poor storage, would hold a meeting with floor leaders of all parties in the state legislature, MPs and district-in charge ministers tomorrow evening to take stock of the situation, an official release said tonight.

"We have decided to call for Mandya bandh tomorrow to protest against the court direction to release cauvery water to Tamil Nadu when there is hardly any water left at our side of the river," Samithi President and former MP G Made Gowda told reporters at Mandya, some 100 km from here.