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Cauvery water row: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says govt will not try to curtail protests, bandh – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid call for bandh over Cauvery water row, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said that the state government will not curtail it, but underlined the importance of maintenance of peace.
In a democracy, we (government) will not curtail protests, but BJP and JD(S) is trying to do politics on the issue, said the CM.
The protests over the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu have intensified in the state.
Some farmers’ outfits have called for ‘Bengaluru bandh’ on Tuesday on the Cauvery issue.
However, several Kannada outfits, under the banner ‘Kannada Okkuta’ led by Kannada activists Vatal Nagaraj have called for state-wide bandh on September 29.
Siddaramaiah said that the state government will place its argument more forcefully before the Supreme Court on the issue, when it next comes up for hearing, and is committed to protecting the interest of the state.
“We had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the orders of the Cauvery Water Management Authority, and Regulation Committee. The court rejected our partition, also Tamil Nadu’s. They (TN) initially sought 24,000 cusecs, then 7,200 cusecs, we said we can’t even give 5,000 cusecs, as there is no water,” Siddaramaiah said.
To a query on BJP and JD(S) asking the government to resign and go, he said, “…they are doing politics, what else will they say, they did not say it during the all party meeting.”
The Supreme Court on September 21 refused to interfere with the order of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) which endorsed the directions of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) to the Karnataka government to release 5,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water to Tamil Nadu for 15 days from September 13.
Karnataka has been maintaining that it is not in a position to release water, taking into account its own need for drinking water and irrigation for standing crops in the Cauvery basin areas, as there has been water scarcity due to deficit monsoon rains.
Noting that the government will do everything in the interest of the state, as protecting the land, its water and language is a priority, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar said, “We will not try to control the protests, but peace has to be maintained and people should not face any difficulty.”
Addressing media here, he said, protest is everyone’s right in a democracy and it will not be curtailed.
“Our party people too called and spoke to me about the protest, I said, it’s your right and protect it…but one has to understand about court orders before calling for protests or bandh, just giving such calls for media publicity is not right, as such calls may have legal repercussions,” he said, adding that keeping everything in mind, let them decide.

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