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Former CM Yeddyurappa stages protest on Cauvery river water issue


October 5, 2012 - Bangalore

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa created a political stir on Friday as he extended his one-day Cauvery protest to an indefinite and state-wide agitation. Yeddyurappa, initially announced a dharna near Gandhi statue in Bangalore from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday. Within minutes of staging the demonstration, Yeddyurappa declared that he would continue the protest till Sunday afternoon. Moreover, the dharna received good support from the people.

Yeddyurappa was joined by his loyalists BP Harish and M Srinivas and hundreds of his supporters. He announced that he would join hands with Cauvery Hitarakshana Samiti chairman G Madae Gowda and said that he is ready to lead a padayatra to KRS reservoir on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa said that he is ready to quit the legislative assembly for the cause of people of Karnataka. His dharna put the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in a fix as it is unsure whether to support it or ignore it. Yeddyurappa attacked the party central leadership, particularly the Lok Sabha member from Bangalore and BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar. Yeddyurappa said, "Ananth Kumar should have led this agitation. He (Ananth) should have quit his Lok Sabha membership." Yeddyurappa also blamed the prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for creating animosity between Kannadigas and Tamilians.

Meanwhile, the political parties in Karnataka has called for a 12-hour bandh protesting the September 19 decision of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) which directed Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from September 20 to October 15.

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