Cauvery row: Shivakumar seeks ‘new formula’ for water sharing with Tamil Nadu

Farmer unions and pro-Kannada organisations have called for a Karnataka Bandh today after the Cauvery Regulatory Committee (CWRC) ordered to release of 3,000 cusecs of water at Biligundlu to Tamil Nadu starting from September 28 till October 15, 2023. In the earlier spell, it was 5,000 cusecs.

Though Karnataka approached the Supreme Court appealing against the direction of CWRC saying that it cannot release the water to Tamil Nadu because of poor rainfall this year, the court refused to intervene in the direction. Many protestors were seen raising slogans that the Cauvery River belongs to them.

The police said that more than 50 people from the organisations have been taken into custody to maintain law and order amid the Bandh call.

Here are top developments in the Cauvery water issue from today

-Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar said on Friday that the state will ask the Cauvery Management Authority (CWMA) to devise a new formula for sharing river water with Tamil Nadu in a rainfall-deficient year. “After today’s Cauvery Management Authority meeting, a decision will be made as to what the outline of the formula in the distress year to be.” Shivakumar

-Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar maintained that there was no need for a bandh over Cauvery row as his government was protecting the interests of the State

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-The Police imposed section 144 in many areas, including Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara, and Hassan. Schools and colleges in these districts were declared closed for the day.

-A total of 44 flights from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport were cancelled.

-The Kannada film industry joined the bandh with actors Shivarajkumar, Darshan, ‘Duniya’ Vijay and Dhruva Sarja, producers, directors and technicians staging a sit-in demonstration.

-Amid ongoing protests that disrupted regular life, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tejasvi Surya on Friday lambasted the Congress government for its “very casual” approach to the issue. “There is no coordination between the CM and the deputy CM. The state government is very casual in its approach. Are they trying to approach this issue in this duplicitous manner because it will help their INDI alliance partner, the DMK government for 2024?” he asked.

-Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev chimed in on the Cauvery water sharing issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Sadhguru called for strengthening and enhancing Cauvery river rather than fighting over depleted waters.

-BJP’s Amit Malviya took to X (formerly Twitter) to lash out at the CM Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka and said, “Cauvery water sharing has been handled in the most ham-handed manner, leading to widespread protests. Moral of the story: never vote the Congress, if you want peace and development.”

-The Bengaluru Police detained hundreds of agitators who tried to block roads during the day-long shutdown. A total of 785 protesters were detained and taken into custody as a preventive measure. But they were all released later

-Tamil actor Siddharth had to take a mid-event exit while promoting his new film Chithha on Thursday, as pro-Kannada outfit members disrupted the event. On Friday, actor and politician Prakash Raj has extended an apology to him on behalf of ‘sahrudya’ (tender hearted) Kannadigas.

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Updated: 29 Sep 2023, 08:32 PM IST

Today in Politics: A train readies for Delhi as protests are planned from Karnataka to West Bengal

Protests have been intensifying in Karnataka against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. Three days after the Bengaluru bandh, which received a lukewarm response, pro-Kannada outfits in Karnataka have called for a state-wide bandh Friday and have announced rallies and meetings across the state.

On Tuesday, several pro-Kannada organisations, farmer groups, and labour unions — with the support of the opposition BJP and JD(S) – had rallied against the Congress government’s move.

While the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the 200-year-old dispute in 2018, the reason it has flared up again this time is the poor rainfall in the river’s catchment area in Karnataka, as Johnson T A laid out in his Explained article.

The protesters contend that water is being released even as the southwest monsoon draws to a close and storage levels are very low in the Cauvery basin reservoirs in Karnataka. The Cauvery is the main source of drinking water for the city of Bengaluru and for the irrigation of farmland in the Mandya region of the state. More than 1,900 pro-Kannada and other associations are supporting Friday’s bandh call.

As Johnson wrote, the current Cauvery water crisis is similar to the crises in 1991, 2002, 2012, and 2016. The difference, however, is that this one has come after the final resolution of the dispute by the Supreme Court in 2018. And while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said he would take up the issue with the Supreme Court, challenging the orders of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee, it is unclear if there are any gains to be made from the exercise barring political grandstanding.

But then politics is the order of the day, with the Election Commission arriving Friday in Rajasthan to assess the preparations for the year-end elections, as part of which it will also meet political parties.

Temperatures have been rising in both the heartland states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress and BJP are in a tough battle. To the Congress’s discomfiture, its INDIA ally INDIA is pressing ahead with its Madhya Pradesh plans, despite not having much of a presence in the state, and on Friday, AAP leaders from Punjab will be landing in MP to address rallies. The AAP is fielding 10 candidates in the state.

The ties between the two INDIA partners are already reeling from the blow of the arrest of Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira over an eight-year-old case by the AAP government in Punjab. Manoj C G reported that the Congress had made known its displeasure to the AAP government over the arrest, equating it to “the BJP’s vendetta tools”.

The Punjab Congress, which has not been in favour of an alliance with the AAP, has called for a meeting on Friday to decide further course of action.

Having visited Rajasthan on their whistle-stop tour to try and tie loose ends and bring party leaders in line, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda, along with national general secretary B L Santhosh, were in Raipur Thursday as part of talks on selection of candidates.

Sources said the names could be out in the next few days.

If the women’s reservation Bill occupies the Congress, or specifically the call for an OBC quota within it, the Maharashtra government is battling with its own balancing interests. On Friday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will meet OBC representatives for talks on the inclusion of Marathas in the OBC category. The other OBC groups are resisting this, due to the fear of a shrinking pie.

Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar on Wednesday met the activists of the Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh, which is leading the protests over the Maratha issue.

In an interview with The Indian Express earlier, Maharashtra OBC Mahasangh president Baban Taywade had said, “Our central demand is Marathas should not get reservation under the OBC category. Any attempt to grant reservation would be detrimental to the rights of OBCs. It will be injustice to OBCs whose population is more than 52 per cent.”

Once known for her street battles, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is bringing the same to the Capital, as reported by Atri Mitra. Thousands of MGNREGA beneficiaries from all over West Bengal will be assembled by her party, the TMC, in Kolkata on Friday, on way to a train ride to New Delhi for a protest beginning the next day.

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The TMC claims around 4,000 MGNREGA workers and its party office-bearers will leave for New Delhi on a special train booked by the party.

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“Under No Circumstances”: AIADMK On Allying With BJP Again

The announcement was made following a meeting chaired by party General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami.


The opposition AIADMK on Thursday said it will not go back on its decision of severing ties with the BJP and reiterated that the party would cobble up an alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha poll and the next assembly election too.

The party’s Deputy General Secretary KP Munusamy ruled out any scope of reconsidering the decision announced on September 25 under any circumstances, as the AIADMK needed to honour the sentiments of two crore party workers.

Following a meeting chaired by party General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami in Chennai, the AIADMK announced that it was parting ways with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

“We did not ask the BJP leadership to remove the state president (K Annamalai)” Mr Munusamy told reporters in Krishnagiri.

In Chennai, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who was expelled from the AIADMK, accused Palaniswami of breaking the alliance with the BJP.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Panneerselvam said BJP leaders were in constant touch with him and that he would make his stance known only after the BJP makes a formal announcement about the alliance. 

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Opinion: Analysis: In Avoiding Repeat Of Telangana, BJP Pays Price In Tamil Nadu

Word on the street is that the BJP made a monumental blunder by allowing its alliance with the AIADMK to crash in Tamil Nadu. All it would have taken to salvage it was to replace the state BJP chief. Popular perception is that the BJP is too smart to make tactical errors that will prove politically costly, but that this time, ego got the better of it.

The fact is the ruling party did not want to repeat the mistake it made in Telangana. Bandi Sanjay as BJP chief in Telangana had been doing just what K Annamalai is doing now as party chief in Tamil Nadu – creating a positive buzz, going on padyatras, and dictating the political headlines and the narrative in a state where its political presence does not justify the kind of dust it has managed to kick up.

Bandi Sanjay Kumar and Annamalai Kuppuswamy may seem as different as chalk and cheese. Sanjay rose from the ranks through his early association with the RSS and the BJP’s student wing ABVP. The college dropout went straight from being a municipal corporator to BJP MP in May 2019, and became Telangana BJP chief in 2020. He created such momentum for the party that there was talk the BJP could emerge as the challenger to the K Chandrasekhar Rao’s BRS (Bharat Rashtra Samithi), edging the Congress out of the narrative.

Annamalai is a 2011 batch IPS officer-turned-politician who is both sharp and ambitious. He resigned from the All India Services in 2019, contested and lost the Aravakurichi seat in 2021, and yet quickly rose to become Tamil Nadu BJP chief. For the leader of a party that has skeletal presence in a state dominated by a duopoly of Dravidian parties, he managed to be noticed and heard. It is to his credit that he was even spoken of as a possible Chief Minister candidate in the not too faraway future.

Both were carefully chosen in terms of caste and their ability to challenge and upset the way caste equations have been politically stacked up in Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Bandi Sanjay belongs to the Munnuru Kapu, numerically the most powerful in the Backward Classes community that comprises 52% of the Telangana electorate.

K Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR belongs to the numerically insignificant Velama community and the Congress has traditionally been considered a party of the landed gentry, the politically powerful Reddys. Bandi Sanjay could potentially mobilise the Backward Classes community and give them a chance at leadership.

Annamalai is a Vellala Gounder, quite a powerful and wealthy OBC community with influence in western Tamil Nadu (AIADMK chief EPS is a Gounder too). The choice of Annamalai is also an attempt to tackle perception in Tamil Nadu that the BJP is Brahminical and a party of the upper castes.

Both managed to get under the skin of the state’s ruling party, create situations that forced seniormost political opponents to react.

Bandi Sanjay led the Praja Sangrama Yatra that earned praise directly from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Annamalai is leading his footmarch titled En Mann, En Makkal (My soil, my people) to expand the cadre base and strengthen the BJP in Tamil Nadu.

The mistake perhaps is that they ended up annoying their own party men with their rise and voice. They did not show any interest in actively taking along seniors. Instead, they charted their own course and dictated that others follow. Bandi Sanjay was replaced in July by Kishan Reddy, a past chief. Sanjay was kicked upstairs and made national general secretary of the party.

In August, BJP legislators from different states of India trooped into Telangana to assess the ground situation. 119 elected representatives travelled to each of the 119 constituencies and reported to the party leadership. The common thread in the report was that almost all of them had been asked two questions by locals – why Bandi Sanjay was removed as BJP Telangana chief and why KCR’s daughter K Kavitha had not been arrested in the Delhi liquor case despite the BJP’s Telangana leaders declaring it a matter of time.

Many Telangana unit leaders admit it was a mistake removing Sanjay as party chief given the fact that under his leadership, the party machinery had dynamism. Sanjay, with his acerbic verbal attacks, was getting under the skin of the BRS leadership and the BJP was emerging as an alternative. Besides, his post worked the magic of drawing the Backward Class leaders and voters to the party. However, Delhi allowed itself to be convinced that Sanjay was not taking senior colleagues along, that leaders from other parties were not willing to join BJP and work under a relatively young leader like Sanjay.

The reality – ever since Sanjay was removed, the party is seen to have lost momentum and slipped into a moribund state. In fact, instead of the entry gate, its own leaders are rumoured to be looking at the Exit gate.

For the BJP in Tamil Nadu, it is a case of Once Bitten, Twice Shy. Annamalai has given the BJP leadership hope that they could significantly improve the party’s footprint and vote share in the coming elections, even if the ground situation may not indicate that as of now.

Annamalai seemed to challenge revered figures like a Periyar and CN Annadurai, something unthinkable in Dravidian politics. Even J Jayalalithaa was not spared. Annamalai also showed reluctance to publicly accept Edappadi Palaniswamy as Chief Minister candidate of the AIADMK-led NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK could not ignore the public humiliation, obviously.

The AIADMK is not openly saying that the reason for its breakup with the NDA is that it did not want to concede the number of Lok Sabha seats (reportedly 15) the BJP is demanding for the 2024 elections. All it would have taken to publicly appease the Dravidian partner was to replace Annamalai, but the BJP was clearly unwilling to do that.

From bringing the Sengol (sceptre from Tamil Nadu) to the new parliament, to the outreach to Shaivite Adheenams (like reachout to Karnataka Mutts) and organising Kashi Tamil Sangamams, appreciating Thirukkural (Tamil literature), citing Tamil poet Subramania Bharati and a 3000-year-old Tamil quote in the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a point to show that he respects Tamil identity, culture and pride in their language, to people who have traditionally been hostile to Hindi dominance, sanskrit and Brahminism.

After the death of Jayalalithaa, the BJP did hope to make political gains capitalising on the chaos and power battle within the AIADMK to emerge as a political force in Tamil Nadu. But EPS has shown with over 33 per cent vote share and 66 seats in the state assembly that he is not going to be a pushover.

The BJP wants to make steady progress in increasing its political strength in Tamil Nadu by creating its own independent identity, exploiting public disenchantment with both the Dravidian parties, and pitching itself as a non-Periyar, non-Brahmin, nationalist Hindu party where Tamil identity, culture and language are all respected.

Playing second fiddle to either of the Dravidian parties is not going to help the party in the long run. Besides, getting the support of either Dravidian party in parliament may not be a big challenge for the BJP, given the use of central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and the CBI. So, the choice to plough their own furrow, in the hope of reaping political benefits.

Going the Annamalai way is, for now, their chosen path.

(Uma Sudhir is Executive Editor, NDTV)

Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of the author.

Cauvery row: K’taka to move SC challenging order to release water to Tamil Nadu

The Karnataka government will approach the Supreme Court to challenge the direction of Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) to release water to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on September 27.

The Committee has directed the Karnataka government to release water at a rate of 3,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) to the neighbouring state between September 28 and October 15.

Karnataka is already in midst of protests, called by pro-Kannada groups and backed by farmer outfits, triggered after a September 21 order of the Supreme Court directed the state to release 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu per day. The protesters had called a state-wide bandh on September 26.

Siddaramaiah, while speaking to reporters in Chamrajnagar, said the state’s legal team has recommended that the government should move to the apex court to challenge the Cauvery regulation panel’s latest directive.

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“We are challenging the order of the Regulation Committee before the Supreme Court. We don’t have water to give,” news agency PTI quoted the chief minister as saying.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar had on September 26 expressed satisfaction over the CWRC rejecting the request of Tamil Nadu, which wanted Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs. The committee, instead, recommended Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of water.

Karnataka submitted before CWRC at its meeting in New Delhi that the shortfall in cumulative inflows to its four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin up to September 25, which hold just 53.04 percent of their capacity.

According to Karnataka officials, due to the failure of the south-west monsoon (from June to September) this year, there is no sufficient storage in the four reservoirs and the state is facing such a grave situation that it is finding it extremely difficult even to cater to the drinking water requirements, let alone supplying for irrigation.

The rainfall received in Karnataka this year in August and September is the lowest in the last 123 years, they said.

(With PTI inputs)

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Updated: 27 Sep 2023, 03:40 PM IST

AIADMK Officially Ends Alliance With BJP, Passes Resolution To Exit NDA

AIADMK boss E Palaniswami is a former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (File).


Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK has snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance – just months before the national election – amid a row over comments by the latter party’s state boss, K Annamalai. The break-up was announced by AIADMK Deputy General Secretary KP Munusamy after a resolution was passed unanimously at a meeting of MPs, MLAs and district heads at the party’s head office in Chennai.

The news was celebrated by party workers setting off firecrackers.

At a meeting in Delhi on Saturday – a last-gasp effort to revive strained ties – the south Indian party stood firm on its demand – that Mr Annamalai either apologise for remarks on the late former Chief Minister CN Annadurai, or be replaced with a “non-controversial leader”. Mr Annadurai was the mentor of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran.

A senior AIADMK leader at that meeting said discussions were “cordial”, but remarks by the BJP’s M Chakravarthy painted a different picture. “… leadership does not relish idea of shifting Annamalai as he has been (instrumental in) reviving the party (in Tamil Nadu)… he only made a remark alluding to Annadurai during Sanatan Dharma row.”

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The AIADMK should not get offended as Annamalai did not criticise the party, he added.

The AIADMK-BJP alliance was on the brink last week after the former party’s D Jayakumar told reporters “we will decide on the alliance before the election”. “Annamalai is unfit to be BJP’s state president. He speaks ill of late leaders only to project himself,” he said.

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The BJP leader had previously also been critical of the late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who remains an iconic, almost revered, figure within the AIADMK. At the time, the southern party had demanded the state BJP chief be reined in; Mr Annamalai frequently needles both his party’s ally (the only one in the state) and their joint rival, the DMK.

His comments have led to speculation the BJP is trying to engineer space for itself in Tamil Nadu – a state in which it has failed, so far, to make any electoral headway – before next year’s election.

In March, he even spoke out against allying with the AIADMK, leaving senior leaders fuming.

“Annamalai doesn’t desire alliance with AIADMK although BJP workers want it. Should we tolerate criticism of our leaders? Why should we carry you? BJP can’t set foot here…” Jayakumar declared.

The BJP has had friendly ties with the AIADMK but has usually been kept at arm’s length; Jayalalithaa never actually formed a formal alliance with them when she was in power because she believed it could not fit into the political landscape of the state, which is dominated by Dravidian ideologies.

The AIADMK has lost – overwhelmingly – all elections in which it allied with the BJP, including the 2019 Lok Sabha and 2021 Assembly polls, prompting it to look on the BJP as a liability ahead of the 2024 election. In 2021 the AIADMK won just 75 seats – down from 136 five years earlier – and was ousted from power by the DMK-Congress combine. In the last national election the AIADMK was similarly routed – going from 37 seats to just one – while the DMK went from 0 to 39.

Legislation Against Land Grabbing “Need Of The Hour”: Madras High Court

Court’s directive came while rejecting a plea from Hotel Saravana Bhavan (File)


The Madras High Court on Monday expressed concern over grabbing of government lands and said a legislation against it was the need of the hour. The court also directed the Tamil Nadu government to look into the structural corruption in the matter of grabbing of government lands, consider and enact suitable law to deal with the offences, so as to prevent such illegal acts.

Justice S M Subramaniam gave the directive while rejecting a plea from M/s Hotel Saravana Bhavan, which sought a direction to the authorities to grant “patta” for 3.45 acres of land situated in front of the Central Bus Stand at Koyembedu here for constructing a shopping mall and hyper market with an investment of Rs 1,575 crore. It contended the land which was given to it by the previous AIADMK government just before the 2021 Assembly election, was cancelled by the present DMK government last year.

The judge said the facts established and the documents produced by the respective parties to the case on hand would be sufficient enough to arrive at an inevitable conclusion that the petitioner was not entitled for grant of patta. The petitioner was an encroacher of the government land who has grabbed it for unjust gains in a systematic manner, more specifically with the connivance of the government officials in support of few private individuals who all were influential people in the society, the judge added.

The judge observed it was high time the Government contemplates bringing about a special legislation to penalise land grabbing. The cases relating to land grabbing were piling up and the methodical ways in which it was done with the collusion of government officials was a serious issue. The complicity between different layers of the executive and political power players in offences such as these was undoubted.

“It was an understatement to say there was political interference and connivance of government bureaucracy in land grabbing cases. Land grabbing prohibition legislation was the need of the hour. More so, it was essential to ensure criminal prosecution was initiated against land grabbers. Land grabbing definitely attracts the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The criminality attached to land grabbing was undisputed and such an act was equivalent to theft of another’s property. But more serious was grabbing of government-owned land. This was unquestionably an offence against the State,” the judge stated.

As regards the present case, the court directed the authorities to take possession of the government land in entirety and fence the property and utilise it for larger public interest in consonance with the principles laid down by the constitutional Courts.

The judge also directed the authorities to initiate appropriate criminal prosecution and disciplinary action against those, including Government officials and public servants, who all were responsible and accountable for grabbing of the high value government property across Tamil Nadu.

The judge directed the authorities to appoint a High Level Committee to identify the grabbing of government lands, illegalities and irregularities in dealing with government property, recovery of arrears of lease rent, unlawful occupation of government property and initiate all appropriate action including criminal prosecution to protect the financial interest of the State and to safeguard the poor and voiceless people of Tamil Nadu.

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Bengaluru Bandh on September 26: Here’s what is open and what’s closed

Bengaluru Bandh protest tomorrow, September 26, is a response to the Karnataka government’s decision to allocate Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) recently instructed Karnataka to continue releasing 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for an additional 15 days, following a recommendation by the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC), reported Times Now.

The Karnataka cabinet had stated a decision regarding water sharing with Tamil Nadu will be made on September 26 during the next meeting of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Pro-Kannada organisations and farmer associations jointly called for a Bengaluru bandh (shutdown) on September 26 to protest against the Karnataka government’s decision. They are also planning to conduct a Karnataka bandh on the same day and a decision regarding the same will be taken in a meeting which is scheduled for today, reported HT.

The bandh was called by Kurubur Shanthakumar who is the president of Karnataka Water Conservation Committee. He announced the Bengaluru bandh over the Cauvery issue on September 26 (Tuesday). While pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj, independently called for bandh on September 25. After a meeting, they decided to make a final announcement on September 25, but Shanthakumar maintained his call for the bandh on September 26.

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Shanthakumar appealed to schools, colleges, IT companies and the film chamber to declare a holiday in support of the bandh. He also demanded that the state government convene a special assembly session to address the Cauvery water dispute. A protest march is scheduled from Town Hall to Mysuru Bank Circle at 11 am on September 26. He said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also expressed support for the bandh.

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Airport taxi services are likely to be impacted, but Namma Metro services will continue to operate as usual by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).


Essential services such as hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and government offices will remain open.

Government-operated Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) also expressed support for the bandh and will suspend their services.


The Kannada film industry has shown solidarity with the bandh and movie theatres in the city are expected to remain closed.


While restaurants expressed their moral support for the bandh, they are considered essential services and will remain open on Tuesday, reported Times Now.

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Updated: 25 Sep 2023, 08:55 AM IST

“Karnataka Government Misleading People On Cauvery Issue”: Union Minister

Mr Joshi said the Karnataka government was putting people in trouble “for its mistakes”.


Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday accused the Congress government in Karnataka of ‘misleading’ people over the Cauvery water-sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu by blaming the Centre.

Mr Joshi alleged that the state government did not apprise the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) of the prevailing situation in the dams in Karnataka.

According to him, the central government cannot intervene in the matter as the CWMA is a quasi-judicial body.

“The state government has been talking only about releasing the amount of water. It did not say that it is not in a position to release water. It did not argue about their (Tamil Nadu) water situation and not just ours,” Mr Joshi, who holds the coal and mines portfolio, told reporters here.

The Union Minister further said the Members of Parliament have cooperated with the state government’s initiatives to protect the interests of the state and will continue to do so in the future. 

Explaining the limited role the Centre has to play in the functioning of CWMA, he said, “CWMA is a quasi-judicial body and the union government cannot interfere in its functioning. The issue has to be resolved amicably.” 

Mr Joshi asked the Siddaramaiah-led government not to put people in trouble “for its mistakes”.

“People have understood your lone job of blaming. You had 90 TMC of water, of which 60 TMC drinking water was used for a particular crop in Tamil Nadu. They should have asked their counterpart saying ‘We are part of the same alliance (INDIA Bloc). Give us two months time’,” the Union minister said.

He wondered why Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge was not calling a meeting of chief ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to resolve the issue.

“Why did Mallikarjun Kharge not call a meeting of Siddaramaiah and M K Stalin when he is the head of the INDIA bloc? They (Karnataka Congress leaders) are bowing to their (DMK leaders’) pressure. To hide it, they are trying to blame Narendra Modi,” he charged. 

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MK Stalin Announces Rs 10 Lakh To Airlift 2-Year-Old Undergoing Treatment In Turkey

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday announced Rs 10 lakh to shift a two-year-old child who is undergoing treatment in Turkey to Chennai on an air ambulance.

“As they lost their savings in giving emergency treatment to the child on parents request Tamil Nadu Chief Minister announced 10 lakhs to shift the girl child from Turkey to Chennai on air ambulance,” a release from the Tamil Nadu Department of Information and Public Relations said. 

The Welfare Board for non-resident Tamils is taking steps to shift the girl from Turkey to Chennai.

A two-year-old child, daughter of one Manoj, who belongs to Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram district got a sudden illness on a plane when they were travelling from San Francisco to Chennai.

Later the flight made an emergency landing in Turkey where the girl child is undergoing treatment at the Istanbul hospital. The parents of the child made a request to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin to help them shift the girl child to Chennai for more treatment.

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‘Sanatan Dharma’ remark: Plea seeks FIR against Udhayanidhi Stalin; SC seeks response from minister, Tamil Nadu govt

The Supreme Court Friday issued notices in a plea seeking an FIR against Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin over his remarks on “eradicating Sanatan Dharma.” The apex court has sought a response from the minister and the Tamil Nadu government.

A bench comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M Trivedi issued notices in response to the petition filed by B Jagannath. The petition calls for the filing of an FIR against the Tamil Nadu minister, stating that his remarks can be equated to hate speech. The petitioner also pointed out that in similar cases, the Supreme Court has issued directives, including the registration of FIRs. Senior advocate Dama Seshadri Naidu, representing the petitioner, stated that the minister allegedly encouraged school students to express that one religion is unfavorable while the other is favorable.

Udhayanidhi Stalin, Tamil Nadu’s Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, was accused by BJP of calling for the eradication of Sanatan Dharma, the teachings of Hinduism, and equating it with diseases like “dengue, malaria and Covid-19,” at a press conference in Chennai.

However, Udhayanidhi denied he called for any “genocide”, as alleged by BJP leader Amit Malviya, and stood by his claim that Sanatan Dharma “divides people in the name of caste and religion” and needed to be “uprooted”.

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Meanwhile, the Maharashtra police had also filed an FIR against the Tamil Nadu Minister for his controversial statement.

Udhayanidhi was also booked in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur for allegedly outraging religious feelings. Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge’s son and Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge was also named in the FIR for backing Udhayanidhi’s remarks. They were booked for promoting enmity and outraging religious feelings.

Another complaint was filed against Udhayanidhi before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

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86% of Bengaluru bus passengers want expansion of bus lane system: Study

A Greenpeace India survey, ‘Relying on Bus: Studying the Impacts of Bengaluru’s Bus Lane on Bus Use’, released Wednesday states that a whopping 86 per cent of respondents demanded expansion of the bus lane system in the city. The study sheds light on the bus lane’s positive effects on travel time and potential solutions for Bengaluru’s air pollution crisis.

The respondents suggested expanding the bus lane to key areas such as Hebbal, Tin factory, Silk Board, Marathahalli, Whitefield, Electronic City, BTM Layout, Majestic, and KR Puram. The report is based on an onboard survey of 979 bus passengers conducted between May and July 2022. The bus lane, which ran along the Outer Ring Road on a stretch of about 18.5 km, was discontinued in mid-2022 after works for the metro commenced.

According to the report, over 28 per cent of bus users reported an improvement in travel time since the implementation of the bus lane. This improvement was particularly significant for those traveling longer distances, with 54 per cent of respondents experiencing a reduction in travel time from 60-90 minutes to 30-60 minutes. Additionally, 82 per cent of respondents found the bus lane to have a generally positive impact.