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Gundlupet bandh concerns over Cauvery water release

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Gundlupet: Former MLA C.S. Niranjankumar announced that a shutdown, known as the Gundlupet bandh, is scheduled for September 29. This protest, involving multiple progressive and pro-Kannada organizations, including the BJP, JD(S), and Rythu Sangha, aims to express opposition to the release of Cauvery and Kabini rivers to Tamil Nadu by the Congress government in the state, even in the midst of a drought situation.
Speaking at a press conference held at a tourist temple in the town, He emphasized that the state government has been consistently releasing water from the Cauvery and Kabini rivers to Tamil Nadu without considering the potential drinking water shortages for the people living in the Cauvery basin in the future. He recalled his pre-election padayatra for Mekedatu, during which he advocated for “Our water- our right.” He stated that the public now understands the slogans and commitments of those who have undertaken efforts that negatively impact the reputation of the people.
Their efforts to present the state’s situation to the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Management Board have been entirely unsuccessful. If water continues to be diverted to Tamil Nadu in this manner, there are clear signs that the entire southern region of the state, including areas like Bengaluru and Mandya, could face severe water scarcity. As a result, it is essential for traders, pro-Kannada organizations, auto drivers, construction workers, the hotel industry, and all other sectors to extend their support to the upcoming strike. By participating in a rally on the morning of September 29, they can effectively send a warning message.
P. Girish, a former municipal chairman, expressed concerns about the situation in the constituency. He mentioned that under the previous BJP government, efforts were made to replenish the tanks in the area. However, since the Congress government assumed power, a drought has occurred due to insufficient rainfall. In this critical situation, he criticized the state government for seemingly neglecting the needs of the people and pursuing policies that are not favorable to farmers. He stated that during the Congress regime, the quality of life has suffered, and he accused the government of prioritizing Tamil Nadu’s interests over those of the state. Notably, 9,000 cusecs of water are already being released to Tamil Nadu. Girish emphasized that it is the responsibility of all organizations to safeguard the Cauvery river and appealed to everyone to unite in support of the Gundlupet bandh scheduled for September 29.

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