In run-up to Karnataka Elections, a confident chief minister is now holding sway.
The Congress’s backing of the demand is being seen as an attempt to woo Lingayat votes and undercut the BJP’s push for Hindu consolidation.
The fault lines of the flag debate lie in the imperfections of Karnataka’s cultural and emotional integration. By dialling back, the Congress is avoiding a self-goal.
After the order by the Supreme Court, chief minister Siddaramaiah called for a meeting of the cabinet and all parties to discuss Karnataka’s response.
Siddaramaiah yesterday termed the Supreme Court’s order on release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as “unimplementable” and called for the all-party meeting.
The Karnataka government’s decision to follow the orders of the Supreme Court is reassuring, but robust institutional mechanisms are needed to avoid a recurrence of violence and disputes in the future.
The Karnataka Road Transport buses have started operating to all places except Tamil Nadu and the metro rail also resumed its service.
The protests have continued to escalate despite the Bengaluru police’s decision to impose Section 144 of the CrPC to curb the violence.
The government has deployed personnel from the Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve Police to check ongoing violence in Bengaluru.
The Supreme court has modified its September 5 order, asking Karnataka to release a reduced amount of 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water per day to Tamil Nadu.
Wide ranging support from political parties, unions, other organisations and tacit support from the government has ensured the success of the bandh.
The state implemented the Supreme Court order to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for ten days.
Karnataka has been directed to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days.
Angry that its earlier orders about inflammatory advertisements had been ignored, the Election Commission says only pre-certified ads can be published on polling day.
The Congress apparently does not intend to be saddled with the reputation of being the party that let Jayalalithaa off the hook in a corruption matter