Modi mantra: Help TN, abandon Karnataka

Modi mantra: Help TN, abandon Karnataka

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-01-20 19:02 Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-activeness in resolving the Jallikattu controversy playing out in Tamil Nadu has angered Kannadiga outfits, several of whom criticised the PM for being pro-Tamil Nadu.Just a couple of months ago, the state government defied the Supreme Court diktat on Cauvery water sharing citing lack of drinking water to Bengaluru and Mysuru cities. The state was reprimanded by the apex court bench comprising Justice Dipak  Misra and Justice U U Lalit. “Are you not in a federal system?” questioned the bench. The bench refused to grant more time to Karnataka to release the water.Despite the SC-appointed committee visiting the reservoir and submitting a report in favour of the state, Karnataka is forced to release water, curtailing supply to Bengaluru. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others rushed to New Delhi seeking the Centre’s intervention. However, nothing much happened.Contrast this with the Jallikattu controversy. Tamil Nadu CM Paneerselvam met Modi in Delhi on Thursday and sought his intervention in the matter which has rocked the state. In the last 45 days, Modi has met Paneerselvam four times on the issue. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday also agreed not to pronounce its verdict on Jallikattu for one week.The sense of urgency shown by the PM was noted by Kannada activists.“We have problems of Cauvery water sharing with Tamil Nadu. In the north, we have water dispute with Goa and Maharastra. We too are facing Kambala ban, which is a traditional sport of Dakshina Kannada, but the Centre does not interfere. This is nothing but a biased attitude by the prime minister,” said Kannada activist Vatal Nagraj.Nagraj said Modi had refused to meet CM Siddaramaiah even after the CM wrote seven letters to Modi requesting him to intervene in the Cauvery issue and Mahadayi issue. “But none of the ministers from the central government even responded to these issues. Politicians in our state have showed loyalty to their parties rather than people in the state,” said Nagraj.Praveen Shetty, another activist, also criticised Modi for the double-standards. "When Modiji can respond to the problems of other state and even stop Supreme Court from giving verdict, then why can’t he respond to the issues of farmers in our state? He did not even waive off the loans of our farmers," he said.It is being said that the BJP, which is trying to expand its base in Tamil Nadu, is trying to woo the ruling AIADMK by being soft towards it. Jallikattu being an emotional issue, the ruling BJP is looking to encash it.The developments have put the BJP in the state in an embarrassing situation. To add to its woes, one of the senior ministers in Modi cabinet, Venkaiah Naidu, has been instrumental in drawing the notice of the PM towards Jallikattu. Activists say that, Naidu, who was twice elected as Rajya Sabha member from the state, never came to the aid of the state in times of crisis.However, political leader M P Nadagouda said state politicians should take the blame. “We never put up a unified struggle whenever the need arose. Why blame the Centre,” he asked.