Former prime minister and Janata Dal(Secular) supremo HD Deve Gowda has begun an indefinite hunger strike to protest the Supreme Court’s decision on the Cauvery water crisis, according to ANI reports. On Friday, the JD(S) supremo had also spoken out against advocate Fali Nariman, who had “unequivocally said he would not argue for Karnataka till the orders of Supreme Court are complied with.”
Speaking to reporters, Gowda said, “Whatever might have been his differences over the issue of release of water, Nariman could have said one sentence to the Court when it ordered the constitution of Cauvery Management Board.”
The 83-year-old leader spoke to news agency Press Trust of India before launching his hunger strike and said, “We want justice. Drinking water is essential for humans to survive.” Citing that he would not attend the all-party meet called by CM Siddaramaiah, Gowda also said he would continue protesting till Karnataka got justice from the Union government. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called for an all-party meet in Bengaluru on Saturday to decide on the next course of action after the Supreme Court order to release water to Tamil Nadu.
The apex court rapped Karnataka for its “defiance” and asked it to release 6,000 cusecs water from Saturday till October 6 to Tamil Nadu, warning “no one would know when the wrath of the law” would fall on it. The Siddaramaiah-led government says that it is unable to release water to Tamil Nadu because of the low storage levels in its own reservoir.
The current impasse did not end even with the intervention of Centre. Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti failed to achieve a breakthrough while presiding over a meeting between representatives of both the states. Urging people that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “determined” to do justice with each state, she also said that she may go on a hunger strike. “I am appealing to both the states… I am not threatening, it is an appeal, if I hear a single thing (about fight), I am going to sit on hunger strike on the border of the two states.”