September 9, 2016, Karnataka Bandh is getting support from a broad cross-section of the society. The latest to give its support for the Bandh is The Kalasa-Banduri Raitha Horata Samiti. The bandh has been called to protest against the Supreme Court’s order which asked the State to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
The Samiti said that other farmer’s and Pro-Kannada organizations would ensure the success of the bandh. The Samiti’s leaders stated that the Supreme Court order is an injustice to the farmers of the state. They also asked all business establishments and organizations to submit memorandums to the Tahsildars and Deputy Commissioners.
The bandh will see a complete shutdown of the state and plans are afoot to block roads and stop traffic. Samiti leaders also talked about the Kalasa-Banduri row and asked the state government to take a delegation to meet the heads of Goa and Maharashtra.
They asked the state BJP members to have talks with the state governments of both the states which are being ruled by BJP and its allies. They also asked the state irrigation minister M B Patil to own responsibility for not protecting the interests of the state while handling the Mahadayi and Cauvery row.
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The organization also urged the state government to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order. After the state had started releasing water as ordered by the highest court of the land, the legal team of the state went into an overdrive and is preparing a petition to be filed on Monday seeking modification of the order to release 15000 cusecs a day for the next ten day.
The state is also pinning its hope on the Cauvery Supervisory Committee to rework the amount of water to be released to its neighboring state due to the distress situation in Karnataka.
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It felt that it would difficult to implement the order since the four reservoirs of the Cauvery basin is holding just 46.7 tmcft against their capacity of 104 tmcft.