Cauvery Row: Pro-Kannada Outfits Call For Karnataka Shutdown On April 12

The Karnataka shutdownwas announced by Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj during a protest near Attibele on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border

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Cauvery Row: Pro-Kannada Outfits Call For Karnataka Shutdown On April 12

Pro Kannada leader Vatal Nagaraj taken by police during protest on the Cauvery issue


Bengaluru:  Pro-Kannada outfits today called for a shutdown in poll-bound Karnataka on April 12 in a counter to the ongoing stir in neighbouring Tamil Nadu for an early setting up of the Centre to form Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The Karnataka shutdown call came amid the DMK-led opposition parties observing a state-wide shutdown in Tamil Nadu on Monday, demanding early setting up of CMB to ensure water for farmers as per the Supreme Court orders.

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and other AIADMK leaders had also observed a day-long fast in Chennai on Monday seeking formation of CMB.

Ironically, the CMB has been mandated to be established by the Supreme Court to implement its February 16 verdict on Cauvery water allocation to the riparian states, including Karnataka, whose water share from the river has been raised by 14.75 tmcft per year.

Accordingly, the Karnataka shutdown call would give an impression that the Kannada outfits are opposed to an early implementation of the apex court ruling which has enhanced the state's water share.

The Karnataka shutdown was announced by Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj during a protest near Attibele on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border to press the Centre not to yield to pressure from Tamil leaders on CMB.

Vatal Nagaraj heads the umbrella of Kannada organisations that have called for the shutdown.

He came down heavily on actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan for supporting the formation of the CMB.

"We will not let the movies of Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan to be showed in Karnataka. The two film stars should not come to Karnataka under any circumstances," Vatal Nagaraj said.


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