Deve Gowda's ‘indefinite’ hunger strike ends in less than a day

| Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 21:43
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Deve Gowda was protesting against the Supreme Court’s order regarding the Cauvery water issue.

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, who began his indefinite hunger strike on Saturday morning, has decided to call it off.

According to reports, Deve Gowda ended his hunger strike after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Ministers Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar convinced him to end his strike.

Gowda was protesting against the Supreme Court’s order regarding the Cauvery water issue.

The 82-year-old politician had said he would continue his protest till Karnataka gets justice. He had also said that he has ‘confidence’ in the Prime Minster that the matter will be solved.

The Janata Dal (Secular) supremo sat on a fast near the Mahatma Gandhi statue next to Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat.

"The issue started in 1893. If there is no rain, how can we release water monthly, weekly? Let the people of this country judge whether we are habitual offenders, or whether Tamil Nadu is intimidating. We made a humble request to send the same monitoring committee to visit Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. These are all the issues which need debate in the Parliament," he had said.

The move came after Supreme Court asked Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till October 6.

Earlier in the day, Gowda said that Karnataka is not a habitual offender and its people have been suffering because of this impasse for the last 130 years.

"We want justice. Drinking water is essential for humans to survive," Gowda had said.


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