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A low-key Rajyotsava celebrations
Like the Dasara festivities, the Rajyotsava celebrations too were hit by the ongoing agitation by farmers in Mandya and Mysore districts protesting over the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from the river basin reservoirs.

The over a month-old agitation, which has hampered normal life in the two districts, in particular in Mandya district, resulting in a three-day curfew there ending on November 1, cast its shadow on the November 1 celebration in the two districts. Dark clouds holding hopes of more rains to the relief of farmers, Deputy Commissioner Mr. G. Kumar Nayak unfurled the Kannada flag at the Town Hall Maidan, while Mayor Mr. T.B.Chikkanna offered flowers to the idol of Bhuvaneswari. Some members of the Cauvery Action Committee, which is spear-heading the agitation in Mysore district, expressed their protest against the on-going release of waters to Tamil Nadu from the Krishnarajasagar reservoir, by waiving black-flags. Police, however, took them away.

The Dasara celebrations too were affected in a similar way last month with the blockade of the highway between Bangalore and Mysore, particularly in and around Mandya, by agitating farmers. The famous Dasara procession was confined to the four walls of the Palace Fort, instead of its traditional route to Banni Mantap from the Palace via the famous Sayaji Rao Road. The illumination of the thoroughfare and other programmes of the Dasara had been cancelled in view of the mounting pressure from the farmers against release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court. Changing its stand, following the possibility of a contempt of court verdict by the Supreme Court against the Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. S.M.Krishna, the State Government released waters from Krishnarajasagar to Tamil Nadu, much against the opposition of farmers in the Cauvery delta region, resulting in intensified agitation in the two districts of Mandya and Mysore and some violent incidents in Mandya. This had resulted in ban orders, police firing and imposition of a three-day curfew in Mandya district. Though situation has improved, normalcy is set to be restored, particularly in the neighbouring Mandya district, as the protests are still on with the farmers' leaders in police custody.
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