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Cauvery row: ‘Following SC order can ruin Karnataka’

Cauvery row: ‘Following SC order can ruin Karnataka’

MANDYA: G Made Gowda, who has for long been the torchbearer of the Cauvery agitation, on Wednesday asked political parties to set their differences aside and present a united face in the ongoing Cauvery dispute.

President of the Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitarakshana Samithi, Made Gowda called on the government to defy the order of the Supreme Court, if it were to protect the long-term interests of the state. “We should obey the orders of any constitutional body under the federal structure as long as they are legally tenable, and do not harm our interests. Is there any meaning in blindly following orders, which can ruin our lives?” he asked.

Hundreds of protesters, from all walks of life, lent their support to the Cauvery agitation in the district. With most business establishments voluntarily shutting shop, Mandya wore a deserted look, while traffic on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway was reduced to a crawl as a result of rasta-roko agitations at various places along the stretch of the road.

A bandh was observed in Maddur, Besagarahalli and various other places across the district. In a show of solidarity with the protesters, advocates across all taluk centres in Mandya boycotted court proceedings; some even held a bike rally.

Calling on government offices to shut down on Thursday, Made Gowda said, “The protests must be peaceful. I also request the district administration to ensure that educational institutions remain open, since further closure would badly affect students and parents.”

Urging the government to announce compensation to farmers who had sustained crop losses, he said, “Seeking monetary compensation for crop loss is the legal right of farmers, who have been hit by drought for consecutive years. Don’t test their patience. The government must take corrective measures, before the situation gets out of control.”

 

Source: Times of India

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