Hundreds of farmers blocked the Hubballi-Vijayapura national highway for six hours on Thursday, continuing their agitation for linking the Mahadayi and Malaprabha rivers.
Farmers from several villages assembled in the town. Oxen and bullock carts were parked on the road as a mark of protest.
They shouted slogans against the Central and State governments throughout the agitation.
The protesters demanded that all legislators and parliamentarians should take part in the meeting called by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on August 23 to discuss the issue.
The agitators said that the State’s delegation planned to be taken to Delhi should convey the farmers’ stand on the issue properly to the Centre, so that justice was done to the State. They said that the elected representatives should resign if the delegation to Delhi is not able to ensure a fair deal for the State.
‘Include legal expert’
They said that the onus was on senior leaders of the BJP from the region, given that the Central government and the dispensations in Maharashtra and Goa were led by their party.
Asking the elected representatives belonging to the Congress to pressure Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to push the State’s cause, the agitators suggested that a legal expert be included in the delegation to the Centre.
They announced that the protests would continue in the entire North Karnataka region. Navalagund town would observe a bandh on August 22, while the entire Dharwad district would shut down on August 24.