Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu amidst protest

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Bengaluru, 7 Sept: The Karnataka government on Wednesday released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court’s order.

Meanwhile, in Mandya, furious farmers and pro-Kannada activists have blocked Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway to protest against the top court’s directive.

On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told the media after a three-hour long all-party meeting at the state secretariat here: “Despite severe hardship faced by Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the order of the Supreme Court.”

The SC had on Monday gave Karnataka three days to file a response to Tamil Nadu’s plea and directed to release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days from September 7-16.

Citing that the state was bound to abide by the Top court order under the Constitution, the Chief Minister said the state had accepted to release water with a heavy heart despite being in a distress situation.

The Chief Minister had also urged the people of the state to stay calm and not to disrupt normal life by blocking roads and damaging public property.

Meanwhile, TB Jaychandra, the Karnataka Law Minister, requested people not to take law and order in their hands and to maintain peace.

“We know that the Supreme Court is the highest court in the country. We have to oblige to their orders. My appeal to the public is not to resort to agitation and keep calm. They should cooperate with the state government,” Jaychandra told news agency ANI.

On Tuesday also, a day-long shutdown was observed in Mandya district.

Read Full story at: Karnataka farmers protest against order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

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