Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-10-01 12:22 Bengaluru: Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda launched an indefinite hunger strike against the Supreme Court order on Cauvery issue near Mahatma Gandhi statue at Vidhana Soudha on Saturday. He withdrew the fast later in the day, after being persuaded by leaders across the political spectrum. Gowda has been playing the role of a big brother during the whole Cauvery row extending his support to Siddaramaiah government. It may be recalled here that he even invited Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to discuss the issue. Not to forget, he asked the BJP parties, who had boycotted the all-party meeting, to participate in the meeting and stand by the government in this hour of crisis. "The issue started in 1893. If there is no rain how can we release water monthly, weekly? Let the people of this country judge whether we are habitual offenders, or whether Tamil Nadu is intimidating us. We made a humble request to send the same monitoring committee to visit Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. These are all the issues which need to be debate in Parliament," Gowda told media persons on Friday. The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the state government to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for six days from today. Also, to form Cauvery Water Management Board by Tuesday. The State government is in a fix now as it has remained defiant to the Apex Court order on releasing Cauvery water and only three days is remaining to constitute the board.