Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy, has urged the state government to release the activists who were detained during the Karnataka bandh, organized to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The bandh, called by 'Kannada Okkoota', a coalition of Kannada and farmers' organizations, received widespread support, particularly in the southern parts of the state.
Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has strongly called for the release of activists who were detained during the Karnataka bandh, a protest organized against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The bandh was coordinated by the ‘Kannada Okkoota,’ a coalition comprising various Kannada and farmers’ organizations. Its primary objective was to oppose the release of water to Tamil Nadu, a move that has been met with strong resistance from the Kannada community and farmers in the region. The protest represents a unified stand against the water release, reflecting the concerns and sentiments of the people of Karnataka.
Expressing his fervent stance, Kumaraswamy stressed the unity within the ‘Kannada family,’ emphasizing the collective sentiment of the entire Karnataka state regarding the Cauvery water issue. He highlighted the overwhelming response the bandh received, indicating the widespread support from all sections of society.
Kumaraswamy underscored the significance of unity when addressing crucial matters such as land, language, and water resources. He urged every individual to stand united on these critical issues. In his message, he emphasized that the harmony and solidarity exhibited within the Kannada community should serve as a strong message to neighboring states.
Further, he called upon the government to respect the sentiments of Kannada speakers and advocated for the immediate release of activists who were detained during the protest. This call for unity and justice resonates deeply in the context of the ongoing struggle over the Cauvery water dispute in Karnataka.