Karnataka farmers stage all-night protest demanding Cauvery water.

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has scheduled a trip to Delhi for discussions on the Cauvery water matter.

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In Bengaluru, a group of farmers in Karnataka are conducting a night-long candlelight vigil to express their opposition to the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, following the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee’s suggestion that Karnataka release 5000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for a 15-day period. The protest began near Srirangapatna in Mandya earlier in the day and has been joined by Independent MLA Darshan Puttanaiah, supported by the Congress.

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar is set to travel to Delhi the following day to address the Cauvery water issue.

Tamil Nadu has taken the matter to the Supreme Court, which is slated to consider the state’s plea to compel Karnataka to release the water.

Karnataka has submitted an affidavit asserting that the Tribunal’s order was premised on the assumption of a normal monsoon in the state, which was not the case.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has stated that the state cannot afford to release water as it would deplete reservoirs and lead to a scarcity of drinking water.

Regarding the issue, Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar mentioned, “We will discuss how much we can reduce (the water released to Tamil Nadu) by making the court understand the situation in the state. We don’t want the keys to be handed over to others. At present, the keys are with us, and we have to safeguard our farmers.”

The prolonged dispute over Cauvery water between these two southern states has persisted for decades, prompting the formation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal by the Centre in 1990 to mediate between them.

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