Karnataka strike again on sept 9 as tension builds again over Cauvery
India, Karnataka, Bangalore, Coming sept 9th Karnataka will see another strike from 6 AM to 6PM and all the auto rickshaw, cab services, buses over fear of damage will not be running on the road, all the services are going to take a hit
After recent strikes over Mahadayi water dispute and the Bharat Strike, Karnataka is all set to have one more closure. Pro-Karnataka groups have called for a state-wide strike on Friday after the Supreme Court asked the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
This strike call has been made by several pro-Karnataka organizations lead by a coalition called the 'Kannada Okkoota'. Farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrasekhar, leader of Karnataka's farmers' group Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, who has been at the forefront of the protests at the Krishna Sagar Dam has also extended support to the strike call.
The strike call is from 6 am to 6 pm. Lorry association, film chamber and malls have offered support for the cause declared Vatal Nagaraj, president of Federation of Kannada Organizations at a press meet in Bengaluru.
Nagaraj said, “The Supreme Court’s verdict is blind” and added that Jayalalithaa’s stubbornness (manduthana) & SC's inhuman verdict will leave people in four districts without water.”
“Declaring that we cannot release water to TN, on September 9, a complete Karnataka strike is being called. People may say that Vatal Nagaraj and Kannada Okkoota have already done four strikes. This is true. But it is essential. Don’t be saddened. This is necessary,” Nagaraj told TV reporters on Tuesday in Bengaluru.
"The water situation is so grim in the Cauvery basin that people will be facing problem for even drinking water, if we allow water to TN. We understand that frequent strike calls are a huge inconvenience to the public. But we have no other way as successive governments have failed to protect the interests of farmers in the Cauvery basin," he told The Times of India.
Already in Karnataka there is huge shortage of water and people are dependent over the Cauvery water, many water tankers are dependent on this water as well. Releasing water means also the increase of money on the water tankers.
Chalanachitra Vanijya Mandala, the Karnataka Film Chamber too has expressed support for the strike, confirmed by President Sara Govindu.
Movie and any other events will be shut down for the day and theatres in the state for the support of the day.
Meanwhile, a strike is being observed in Mandya district on Tuesday which is the epicentre of the agitation. Mandya Police have detained about 100 protesters who were trying to enter the KRS dam.
Bus services to Mysore and parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala from Bengaluru have been suspended fearing violence from the protesters.
As expected farmer organizations and various political outfits including mainstream parties stepped up their agitation since Monday afternoon after the apex court verdict in Mandya, Kogadu and Chikmaglur districts.
Authorities also stepped up security at the Harangi (Kodagu), Hemavathi (Hassan), KRS (Mandya) and Kabini (Mysuru) reservoirs. Kodagu Police have closed off Harangi reservoir to visitors.
Many IT companies will be providing their employees a day before, accommodation to some nearby hotels, from where they can easily come to office the very next day and will not be dependent on any other forms of service.