Karnataka releases water, turns to Modi for parity

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Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said the Supreme Court order, asking Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu, and the attacks on Kannadigas in the neighbouring state had prompted "genuine activists" to hold protests in the state.

The industry body further said that violence in the state capital and other parts of Karnataka has "severely dented" the image of Bengaluru as the Silicon Valley of India, which is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, making a fervent appeal for peace in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Addressing a Press conference in Bengaluru after a series of meetings with Congress leaders and a Cabinet meeting Siddaramaiah said, "As per the Supreme Court's order, we have released water for six days". Replying to a question, he said that Karnataka has been pressing for a National Water Policy and again during the meeting with Prime Minister it will be raised.

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also appealed to the people of both states saying, "A large number of people from both the States live in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and have been making significant contribution to the development of the State of their choice of living".

"The authorities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should not allow under any circumstances the law and order to be compromised".

Siddaramaiah said the cabinet, after weighing the pros and cons "constitutionally, legally and politically" and keeping in mind the main Special Leave Petition challenging the Cauvery tribunal's final award coming up on October 18, made a decision to obey the court order.

He said that Karnataka has always faced injustice in the Cauvery issue and the same is continuing. The violence that Bengaluru witnessed showed the government was either unprepared or unwilling to deal with the fallout of the apex court order. Stringent action will be taken against anyone taking law into their hands and damaging private or public property, " he said.

"Resorting to violence and attacks on properties and innocent people will not resolve the issue", the Chamber President said in a statement.

"I have written to the Prime Minister". We should understand we are all Indians.

With Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the boil over Cauvery water-sharing, the need for India to have a permanent and dynamic riparian dispute resolution mechanism has been brought to fore. Curfew clamped on riot-hit areas paid off as no untoward incident was reported. Kumar slipped and fell from the third floor of a building around 9.30 pm Monday while being chased by police during their crackdown on vandals, said police, adding that he was returning home from work at the time.

More than 2,500 policemen were deployed to areas of "high sensitivity", including Kannadiga owned businesses and localities, according to Chennai commissioner of police S George.