Source: News Bharati English13 Sep 2016 13:08:45
Bengaluru, September 13: Following the eruption of violence over the Cauvery water dispute in both the states, on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed people to maintain peace.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his views on the dispute said, “The situation that has emerged in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as fallout of the issue of distribution of the waters of the Cauvery River, is distressful. I am personally pained at the developments. Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue.”
“This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative. The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor and to our nation’s property.” he furthermore said.Appealing to the people of Karnataka & Tamil Nadu he said, “Whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country, have always handled the situation with sensitivity. I appeal to the people of the two States, to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities.”“I trust you will keep national interest and nation building above all else, and give priority to restraint, harmony, and finding a solution, eschewing violence, destruction and arson.”
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu also appealed for the same following the protests in the city on Tuesday. While requesting people to maintain peace and security in the city said, “The violence in the neighbouring States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the wake of the direction of the Supreme Court to release Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu is quite disturbing. Such violence cannot be justified on any ground. Violence and destruction of property ultimately impacts the life of common man.” he said at a special briefing in New Delhi.
He said, “A large number of people from both the States live in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and have been making significant contribution to the development of the State of their choice of living. They should not be made to feel insecure as it is the Constitutional right of every citizen to live in his/her place of choice in the country. Violence and counter-violence would only further complicate the matters and not in the interest of any State. Both the State Governments should take effective measures to check the violence immediately.”
Further requesting people to keep calm he added “I fervently appeal to the people of both the States to immediately cooperate in ensuring peace and normalcy. I also appeal to both the State Governments and leaders of political parties to take necessary effective measures to stop violence and ensure protection to the people from other State. I also urge upon the media to exercise restraint while reporting on the incidents in both the States. Highlighting such incidents visually and otherwise might incite further violence. I hope media would play a constructive role in ensuring peace and normalcy in both the States. “
After the Supreme Court gave the changed verdict on release of Cauvery water on Monday; the Bengaluru city was mobbed with fire incidents and destruction of public property and business establishment in form of protest over the verdict. The violence got triggered after the Supreme Court turned down Karnataka’s request to temporarily stop the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, on Monday afternoon. Cauvery water dispute has become one of the major concerns of the Nation.