Mandya, Oct 4 : Congress leaders, including Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah faced the wrath in the ongoing agitation against release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu with police lathi-charginge protesting farmers here today.
The agitators were vociferously protesting against Mr Siddaramaiah and other Congress leaders sharing the dias with Mandya Hitha Rakshna Samithi President G Made Gowda on relay hunger strike in front of Deputy Commissioner's office. The situation was tense at the venue of relay hunger strike some time as the farmers crowed against the Congress leaders who came to extend their support on the on going Cauvery water agitation in Mandya district,The congress led by Siddaramiah, A H Viswanath MP, and legislators V Srinivasa Prasad,
Venkatesh, Satahyanarayna and other leaders came from Mysore in a procession to extend their support in agitation. As soon as they entered the venue of relay hunger strike, the farmers protested their presence on the dais. They shouted slogans against the Siddaramiah and other Congress leaders demanded them to go away from the venue immediately. The farmers were angry that these leaders did not join the protest or bothered to express support to the agitation that had been going on for several days.
They also demanded their resignation. When the situation went out of control police resorted to lathi charge to prevent the advancing farmers. The Congress leaders left the venue with police escort. Similar incident also occurred yesterday against the Mandya MP Chaluvaraswamy (JD-S), who came to the KRS, the main grouse against the political leaders by the farmers was that nobody shown any interest in stopping of water to released to Tamil Nadu.
An expert term from the Union Water Resources Minsitry has come to Bangalore for an on the spot inspection of the situation in the Cauvery basin besides holding discussions with State Chief Secretary S V Ranganath. Union Water Resources Secretary D V singh was expected to reach tomorrow after carrying out a similar exercise in Tramil Nadu. The visit is ahead of the October 8 meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee in New Delhi. Meanwhile the security has been further strengthened at KRS with one rapid action force stationed. The prohibitory orders have been extended in a radius one km from the dam.
The tourist ban continued. Advocates, journalists, traders, students, political parties and various organizations registered their solidarity with the farmers agitating over the Cauvery by setting aside their routine activities and joined the agitation which has entered the fifth day today. Bus services by KSRTC came to a stand-still across the district for the fifth consecutive day, following road blocks on the Mysore-Bangalore highway, which wears a deserted look.
The alternative route via Malavalli too was blocked by farmers. The farmers blocked the highway by placing bullock carts and cattle across the road. In Mysore, The ongoing agitation over Cauvery water took a political turn today with the Congress party leaders joining the farmers in their protests and demanding that release of water to Tamil Nadu be stopped immediately.