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Yeddyurappa calls Cauvery order 'unpardonable crime'

Former Karnataka CM and estranged BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa on Friday launched a frontal attack on PrM Manmohan Singh for issuing to Karnataka an order as Chairman of Cauvery River Authority to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily 'without assessment of ground reality' on water storage levels in this state.

Yeddyurappa, who began a day-long dharna in protest against the CRA order, demanded that the Prime Minister withdraw the diktat without 'delaying even for a moment'.

He stressed that the PM should have first sent a central team to the state to study the ground realities before issuing the order.

Yeddyurappa termed the CRA order 'unpardonable crime' and 'blow' to the state and said it has hurt the harmonious relations between Kannadigas and Tamils.

Yeddyurappa said Singh should get the report of the central team currently touring the Cauvery basin districts on Friday itself, and withdraw the order by this evening to 'avert tomorrow?s Karnataka bandh'. In this age, it?s easy to find the storage levels in reservoirs and get all the data sitting in Delhi, he pointed out. 'I have decided to stay put here itself [dharna spot]'.

He said Saturday’s bandh is not aimed at promoting the interest of any political parties; it’s to protect the interests of the State, farmers in Cauvery basin and drinking water needs of Bangalore.
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