The Janata Dal (Secular), formed out of power rivalry between the Karnataka and the Bihar factions of the erstwhile Janata Dal, is now renewing its own image by focusing on regional issues.
It is consolidating the votes of the dominant Vokkaliga caste, to which party president HD Deve Gowda belongs, in the old Mysore districts, which fall in the western part of the state.
Along with this, as the Cauvery issue will be playing a major role in the upcoming assembly polls in the old Mysore area, the party is keenly watching the developments on the matter and the central government’s stand on it. How will the Cauvery factor pan out following the Supreme Court verdict on water release to Tamil Nadu?
Bangalore needs around 1.5 TMC (thousand million cubic metres) of water for the drinking purposes per month and now the time has come to use the remaining water of a reservoir till the monsoon arrives. And farmers in areas irrigated by the Cauvery are facing a water crisis.
Given this background, the JD(S) is planning to exploit the issue. Deve Gowda, who has been visiting water reservoirs since January, on Tuesday visited the Harangi reservoir in Mysore district and verified its water level.
He told the media people were facing a water scarcity and more difficult days were ahead.
“The Union government should not form the Cauvery Monitoring Committee, which would affect the people of the Mysore region. The Union government is not doing anything and also the Congress leaders from Karnataka are not raising their voice on this issue. The people have to decide on this,” he said.
Earlier he had said he would go on a hunger strike if the Union government failed to protect the interests of the people.