Yeddyurappa, who began a day-long dharna to protest the CRA order, demanded that the Prime Minister withdraw the diktat without “delaying even for a moment”.
He stressed that the Prime Minister should have first sent a central team to the state to study the ground realities before issuing the order.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Chairman of Cauvery River Authority had asked Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily.
Yeddyurappa termed the CRA order “unpardonable crime” and a “blow” to the state and said it has hurt the harmonious relations between Kannadigas and Tamils. The Prime Minister passed the order for the sole reason of “getting cooperation” from Tamil Nadu.
Yeddyurappa said the PM should get the report of the central team currently touring the Cauvery basin districts today itself, and withdraw the order by this evening to “avert tomorrow's Karnataka bandh”.
In this age, it's easy to find the storage levels in reservoirs and get all the data sitting in Delhi, he pointed out. “I have decided to stay put here itself (dharna spot) tonight.”
He said tomorrow's Karnataka bandh (called by Kannada organisations in protest against release of water to Tamil Nadu) is not aimed at promoting the interest of any political parties; it's to protect the interests of the state, farmers in Cauvery basin and drinking water needs of Bangalore.
“I don't know what form tomorrow's bandh will take. If there are law and order problems, the Prime Minister and the Centre will be responsible,” he said and demanded that four Central Ministers from the State -- S M Krishna, M Mallikarjuna Kharge, M Veerappa Moily and K H Muniyappa -- take a clear stand and convince the Prime Minister to withdraw the order quickly.
He said Karnataka is facing severe drought and rains have now stopped in the state, while it has commenced in Tamil Nadu.
Protests over Cauvery gains further momentum
Protests over the Cauvery water dispute gained momentum on Friday with Kannada outfits planning several high-voltage rallies in the city even as the state government briefed a Central team on the water storage levels in reservoirs.
Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is scheduled to begin a day-long dharna against the Prime Minister-chaired Cauvery River Authority's order to Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily.
The state government in the morning briefed a central team that has arrived to assess the ground realities.
Chief Secretary S V Ranganath and senior officials of Water Resources and Agriculture Ministries explained to the four-member team on the water storage levels in reservoirs in the backdrop of deficient rainfall and drinking water requirements of Bangalore.
The four-member team later left for Mysore to study the situation in the Cauvery basin. They are slated to visit Krishna Raja Sagara dam and Hemavathi river besides aerial suvey of Kabini and Harangi rivers.
Karnataka Rakshna Vedike is holding a procession from national college grounds to Freedom Park.
JD is also organising a separate procession in the city to protest the CRA ruling.
The protests, largely confined to Cauvery basin districts so far, are likely to lead to traffic snarls in parts of Bangalore today, police warned.