Cauvery dispute: Deve Gowda launches indefinite hunger strike seeking ‘justice’

Gowda began the protest after paying floral tributes to the statues of B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi at the Vidhana Soudha
Former PM H D Deve Gowda : JD ( S) supremo

After the Supreme court’s ruling on Cauvery issue, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda on Saturday launched a dharna in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Vidhana Soudha.

The former PM was protesting against the “injustice” meted out to Karnataka in the Cauvery issue.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Karnataka government to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for six days, warning “no one would know when the wrath of the law” would fall on it.

According to a report in The Hindu, Gowda began his protest after paying floral tributes to the statues of B.R. Ambedkar and the Mahatama.

Speaking to media persons, Gowda stressed that theirs is a need of Center’s intervention at this point of time.

“I have also learnt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the issue with his Cabinet members. I don’t blame anybody for the crisis. We don’t have any intention to do injustice to Tamil Nadu,” he said, adding that ‘even if we don’t have water to drink, let us release water to Tamil Nadu’.

 As per the report, Gowda also demanded a team of experts to be sent to study the situation in reservoirs of both the States. “Let them first understand the ground reality,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on Saturday convened an all-party meeting to discuss future course of action in the wake of the fresh Supreme Court order.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice U.U. Lalit also directed the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board by 4 October. After the apex court verdict, sporadic protests were reported from Mandya and Mysuru districts, where police have made elaborate security arrangements.