New Delhi: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda began an indefinite strike on Saturday against the Supreme Court’s order regarding the Cauvery water issue.

Gowda told news agency ANI that Karnataka is not a habitual offender and its people have been suffering because of this impasse for the last 130 years.

The Janata Dal (Secular) supremo is sitting 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 said.

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

“We want justice. Drinking water is essential for humans to survive,” Gowda said.

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


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