'Don't release water to TN'

Samithi urges government to convene special session

“The Legislature should pass an unanimous resolution stating that it is impossible to release a drop of water from KRS Reservoir till the dam reaches its brim. The MP’s and MLA’s cutting across the party lines should join hands to send a tough message to the Centre and to Tamil Nadu,” Samithi president G Madegowda said here.

A meeting of the Samithi members convened on Sunday passed a six-point resolution and demands urging the State Government to protect the interest of the farmers in the Cauvery basin. Besides asking the State to pass a resolution in Assembly, the farmers have urged both the State and the Centre to constitute a committee of irrigation experts to assess the quantity of water in reservoirs in South India, the MLAs and MPs should reject the Centre’s decision if it favours the Tamil Nadu and called upon all the organisations in the State to support the ryots cause.

The Samithi also warned that the farmers and members of other forums would have to revolt if the State’s interest is sacrificed. “We hope that wisdom prevails on the Centre and not take any decision that will harm Karnataka’s interest.

The Samithi condemned the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for adopting pressure tactics on the Centre. “We should halt the TN’s aggression”, former Madegowda said.

The meeting also appealed to the State Government to make the Centre understand the ground realities in the Cauvery basin and water available in KRS.

MLAs C S Puttaraju, M Srinivas, MLC B Ramakrishna, former minister Athmananda, former MLA H D Chowdaiah, MLC Madhu Madegowda, JD(S) District unit President Ramesh, TMC members Sridhar, M B Boregowda, Karnataka Raksha Vedike district president Chidambar and others were present.

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