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Cauvery water to TN unites Karnataka opposition

Road and Rail traffic remained hit between Bengaluru and Mysore for the second day on Monday, as protests over release of the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu escalated in the river basin districts, raising the political heat with some Janata Dal [Secular] and Congress MLAs offering to quit assembly.

As the farmers' organisations stepped up the protest, authorities deployed Rapid Action Force in Mandya, the epicentre of the agitations, as a precautionary step.

More than 100 protesters were taken into custody when they detained the Mysore-Shiradi express in Gejjalagere near Mandya. An attempt by a farmer to hang himself from a tree was foiled in the village, the police said.

Protests were reported in Mysore, Chamarajangar and various parts of Mandya districts, following which the South Western Railway cancelled Mysore-Malgudi Express and Chamundi Express.

Farmers, political leaders and activists of pro-Kannada outfits intensified their protest and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] government for 'neglecting' the state's interests, a charge denied by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

Four JD[S] MLAs and an MP from Mandya district handed over their resignations to the state unit chief H D Kumaraswamy. Not to be left behind, two Congress MLAs from the same district K B Chandrasekhar and Suresh Gowda announced their decision to resign their membership from the assembly, which is set to go to polls in May next year.
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