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Kannada film industry seeks govt intervention

The Kannada film industry joined protests against the Hogenakkal water project by TN by staging a day-long dharna, reports BR Srikanth.
Hindustan Times | By BR Srikanth, Bangalore
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2008 03:35 AM IST

The Kannada film industry on Friday joined protests against the Hogenakkal water project by Tamil Nadu by staging a day-long


and demanded central intervention to halt the project.

Braving inclement weather, people representing the Kannada Film Industry including film stars, technicians, directors, producers and distributors assembled near the Town Hall under the banner of the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce and pledged their support to the stir and flayed political parties for their failure to find a solution.

A galaxy of artists, who addressed the gathering, said the film industry was ready for any sacrifice to protect the interest of Karnataka on issues concerning its land or water. Noted stars like Upendra, Puneeth Rajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Ravichandra, Parvathamma Rajkumar, Srinath and Jaggesh pleaded that the agitation be peaceful.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), a pro-Kannada outfit spearheading the agitation, came down heavily on the attacks on the business establishments run by Kannada business houses in Tamil Nadu and demanded the arrest of culprits. KRV, which has given a call for dawn-to-dusk Karnataka bandh on April 10, urged IT-Biotechnology sector and central government staff to support the bandh.

The JD-S, breaking its silence, demanded that Tamil Nadu shelve the project till the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on Cauvery water sharing tangle.

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