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Posted on Feb 13, 11:08AM | UNI
Bangalore, Feb 12 : Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) President H D Devegowda today led a protest march urging the Centre not to issue Gazette Notification of the Cauvery Water Tribunal final Award which will be death knell for Karnataka and Kerala States.
He said the Karnataka Government should apprise Supreme Court and the Centre about prevailing situation and about review petition pending and appeal not to go ahead with Notification.
"If the final award was published then water in Cauvery basin will become dry. Still time is not lost, the State government should produce proper statistics about availability and water needed for drinking," he added.
Stating that he was not agitating for political gain, Mr Devegowda said that "I had met Union Ministers concerned and have explained to them the facts, but the State government should take initiative in real sense instead of politicising the issue."
Speaking to newspersons after garlanding Cauvery statue at South End Circle, he said the final award benefits Tamil Nadu more and five districts, 22 taluks and 22,000 villages in the Cauvery basin would be badly affected and there will be no scope for releasing water to these places.
He said if there was no display of unity among the politicians the State will lose the Cauvery water.
Later a delegation led by Anitha Kumaraswamy, MLA, submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.