Cauvery crisis: Former PM HD Deve Gowda begins hunger strike to seek justice for Karnataka

The JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda was protesting over the Cauvery issue which has put Karnataka and Tamil Nadu against one another.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 3:37 pm
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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.”

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    anantha gureunathan
    Oct 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    gowda criticizes nariman. lawyer for karnataka through various permutations of congress, bjp and jds.govts at vidhan soudha. why can't he hire a more capable lawyer now that 'paanipat' 1,2 and 3 were lost because of him?
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      Pankaj Kumar
      Oct 1, 2016 at 10:59 am
      He was the Prime Minister of the w India. lt;br/gt;Does this not reflect the narrow outlook prevailing in our politicians ?
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        Pankaj Kumar
        Oct 1, 2016 at 10:58 am
        You happened to be Prime Minister of India. lt;br/gt;Why not seek justice also for TN which is also a part of country ?
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          Sanjeev M
          Oct 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm
          Crores are lost every sec because of the border movement not getting to normalcy. What kind of leaders do we have? Economy will go to the dogs. We shall lose the tag of south-india being very progressive than the rest if we continue like this. More than a month. Need a move on. SC has taken cognizance of the availability at the reservoirs then how come judgement is not favorable. I dont understand. Else make an amendment to the quota of states based on rainfall etc. And umpire is neutral and decision is final. Accept and move on. Flood in 4-5 states and others are struggling. Link rivers, do something! Have bilateral water for edible commodities deal. I dont see any efforts. Let KA have desalination plants at Mangalore and connect it to krs. Let TN have more plants funded by KA or center. Clean up tanks, lakes, desilt. Take israeli technology.
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            subraman
            Oct 2, 2016 at 6:21 am
            He sits in front of hi statue and denies his neighbour water and flouts SC ruling. Let him die. What a horrible human
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