Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to “display sensitivity” and “keep in mind their civic responsibilities” while urging for solutions to the conflict arising out of the Cauvery water dispute.
“Personally pained at the developments. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue,” the Prime Minister tweeted, adding that “whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country have always handled the situation with sensitivity. The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property. This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative. Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue”.
Protests continued in parts of Karnataka for the second day with Bengaluru Police imposing Section 144 of the CrPC at 5 pm on Monday, which in effect means no more than five people will be allowed to gather in public places in the city. In the massive violence that started Monday afternoon in several parts of Bengaluru, several trucks, school buses and bus stands were set on fire by protesters. Vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration were also set on fire. A death has also been reported from Bengaluru.
“I trust you’ll keep national interest, nation building above all else, dive priority to harmony and finding a solution, eschewing violence,” PM Modi had tweeted.