Sunday, September 30, 2012

Inter-State traffic comes to a standstill as Kannada activists resort to road blockade

Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists blocking traffic on the Sathyamangalam - Mysore road on Saturday. Photo: M. Govarthan
The inter-State traffic on the Sathyamangalam - Mysore road in Erode district came to a standstill for several hours on Saturday following demonstration by the Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists in Karnataka protesting against the Supreme Court on Friday directing the State to abide by the Cauvery River Authority’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles proceeding to Karnataka were stopped at Bannari since morning, while vehicles bound for Thalavadi were diverted via Thalamalai.
The traffic on the road was restored after 3 pm.

Tamil Nadu Speaker D. Jayakumar resigns

A file photo of D. Jayakumar, who resigned as Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker on Saturday. File photo
Mr. Jayakumar, a four-time MLA from the Royapuram constituency in Chennai, became Speaker after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government assumed office in May 2011.

DMDK will prove its strength in 2014 LS poll

Vijayakant, President, DMDK. File Photo.
The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant has said he is maintaining a cordial relationship with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), but the question on alliance for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls would be decided at the time of elections.

“I have great respect for CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and State secretary G. Ramakrishnan and I also take into consideration their suggestions. As of now, I am working on my own,” he told The-Hindu on Friday.

Mr. Vijayakant joined hands with the AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly elections as it was his objective to oust the DMK from power.

“But, the AIADMK will leave office, owing to its own actions,” he says.

Repudiating the suggestion that his party would always remain a third force in Tamil Nadu politics, Mr. Vijayakant expressed the hope that the strength of his party would be proved in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and subsequently, it would capture power in 2016 Assembly elections.

Karnataka begins release of Cauvery water to TN

The Supreme Court had on Friday pulled up the Karnataka government for failing to comply with the CRA directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. File photo
Falling in line with the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka on Sunday began releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, setting off a wave of protests against it in the river basin districts.

After repeatedly maintaining that the state itself was in a distress situation, the Karnataka government released water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams early on Sunday to ensure flow of 9,000 cusecs of water to the neigbhouring state.

“It is inevitable for government to release water to comply with the Supreme Court order. With due respect to the Supreme Court we are releasing water. However,we are committed to protect the interests of farmers,” Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters.

As the decision led to intensified protests, Mr. Shettar urged agitators to maintain peace and said government would file a petition before the Supreme Court, seeking a review of its order asking the state to honour the Cauvery River Authority directive to release 9,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu till October 15, 2012.