This farming town saw a series of protest meetings organised by farmers against the Cauvery monitoring committee’s (CMC) directive to the state government to release 4.8 TMC water to Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
The Mandya Raitha Hitarakshana Samiti activists, who were the first to crank up a second round of anti-CMC award agitation, gathered on the Bangalore-Mysore road on Friday and held a protest in Mandya town. But they did not obstruct traffic or indulge in any other disruptive activity.
They started arriving in Mandya in big numbers from Malavalli, Pandavapura, Heggadadevana Kote and Srirangapatna.
Madae Gowda, president of the Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi, said: “I have written to the prime minister and the chief minister to put some sense into the minds of the officials who are sitting in Delhi and taking decisions without knowing the ground reality.”
“I am sure they will not take any notice of it. Hence, I have called a meeting of the various farmer committees tomorrow (Saturday) to seek their advise on the issue. But I don’t know if they will agree to the non-violent methods of protests. I will try to keep them out of trouble but it all depends on the response of the state government.”
KS Puttannaiah of the Raitha Sangha, however, held up traffic for a few minutes on Friday at M Vishveshwaraiah Circle in the heart of the town.
“CMC has no powers to order the state government to release water ... I don’t think the prime minister will take such a drastic decision. I am sure the Intelligence must have briefed him about the water deficiency in the upper riparian area of the Cauvery catchment area,” Puttannaiah said.