Condemning the violence in Bengaluru and other parts of the state over the Cauvery water dispute, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday urged the protesters not to damage public property. The chief minister said the order of the Supreme Court is hard to follow but “we’ll still follow it”.
He said the Karnataka has been facing injustice on Cauvery issue for a very long time and asserted that the inability to implement the 5th September judgement is the reason why the order was modified on Monday. “But we have had to deal with the situation arising out of it, we have to implement in the executive what judiciary has directed,” said Siddaramaiah.
The apex court had on Monday modified its earlier order, directing the Karnataka government to release 15000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, and directed the Siddaramaiah government to release 12000 cusecs of water for farmers. However, the trimming of the order didn’t quell the pro-Kanadda protesters who vandalised public property and torched several vehicles to protests the apex court order.
The chief minister also sought media cooperation in bringing the situation in Karnataka to normal. “If you don’t show volatility it will help. Bengaluru isn’t just capital for Karnataka but an international city. Please join hands with the Govt,” said the chief minister.
He also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the person who died in the violence on Monday.
The chief minister said he has written to the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter and have asked for an appointment immediately. “Most probably I will meet him tomorrow,” said Siddaramaiah.