TN bandh: Siddaramaiah writes to Jayalalithaa, requests her to ensure safety of Kannadigas

TN bandh: Siddaramaiah writes to Jayalalithaa, requests her to ensure safety of Kannadigas

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-15 19:23 Bengaluru: With political parties in TN calling for a ‘Tamil Nadu bandh’ on Thursday over the Cauvery row, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday wrote to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa requesting her to safeguard the lives and properties of Kannada speaking people in the state."I am deeply concerned that certain organisations have called for a bandh in Tamil Nadu tomorrow. You would agree that any escalation of animosity between the two states would be to the collective detriment of both the states," the CM said in the letter."I would request you to kindly take all steps to ensure that during the so-called bandh on 16.09.2016, no untoward incident takes place and the lives and properties of Kannada speaking people in Tamil Nadu are protected," the CM said.Siddaramaiah also requested her to issue an advisory to the media to report "responsibly" the incidents relating to the Cauvery agitation as was done by his government.The bandh has been called by farmers' and traders' bodies to protest against the "violence" targeting Tamils in Karnataka and to seek a long-term solution to the water sharing issue.