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PM Modi expresses anguish over violence in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

The Prime Minister has reposed faith in the people that they will keep "national interest" and "nation building above all else and give priority to restraint, harmony, and finding a solution, eschewing violence, destruction and arson"
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

As violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu escalates over the Cauvery water dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed pain over the developments. PM Modi has appealed for peace while underlining that violence cannot provide solution to any problem. He asserted that the dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit and “breaking the law is not a viable alternative”.

“The situation that has emerged in Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of issue of distribution of waters of Cauvery river, is distressful. I am personally pained at the developments,” he said in a statement.

“Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue,” he said.

The Prime Minister appealed to the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to display sensitivity.”I appeal to the people of the two states, to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities,” he said.

The Prime Minister reposed faith in the people that they will keep “national interest” and “nation building above all else and give priority to restraint, harmony, and finding a solution, eschewing violence, destruction and arson”.

One person was killed and another injured in police firing in Karnataka on Monday as the Cauvery water sharing row with Tamil Nadu turned violent, escalating tensions between the two states.

As Bangalore witnessed widespread violence bringing it on the edge, night curfew was imposed in 16 police station limits late night.

Modi said the violence and arson seen in the last two days is “only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property”.

“Whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country have always handled the situation with sensitivity,” he noted.

The Supreme Court, modifying its September 5 order, on Monday had asked Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 20.

In its September 5 order, the apex court had directed release of 15,000 cusecs per day for 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state, which had triggered strong protests from farmers and pro-Kannada outfits with Karnataka observing a bandh against it on September 9.

(Agencies)

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