Karnataka’s stance in the Cauvery water sharing issue has triggered protests across the delta and other districts.
On Friday, members of the Cauvery Rights and Rescue Group, led by convener and founder of Tamil Desa Podhu Udamai Katchi, P Maniarasan, burnt an effigy of Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar near the old bus stand here on Friday.
Maniarasan said, “Over 12 lakh acres of samba crops are in danger of withering away, due to the arbitrary decisions taken by the Karnataka government. ”
The recent farmer suicides would become regular if the Centre failed to control Karnataka, he warned. The tax collected by the Centre must be stopped till the problem on Cauvery water is resolved, he added.
Maniarasan also said that the group would stage a protest rally here on December 8 against the Karnataka government and the Centre.
Meanwhile, the farmers grievance day meeting held at the collectorate here on Friday, witnessed an empty hall with just the officials present, and the farmers staging a boycott, against the stance of Karnataka.
Farmers led by various associations gathered at the entrance of the building and staged a demonstration.