Former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa today announced that he would launch an apolitical movement with regard to Cauvery water row by embarking on a eight-days-long padayathra from Mysore to Bangalore, starting Feb. 7.

Speaking to media persons after inaugurating the KJP office of Chamundeshwari constituency in Vijayanagar 2nd Stage this morning, Yeddyurappa opined that the Centre, instead of making the gazette notification regarding water sharing between the two States, must discuss the issue with the States and reach an amicable settlement.

This decision of Yeddyurappa comes in the wake of Supreme Court yesterday directing Centre to notify final award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal dated Feb. 5, 2007. It rapped Centre for abdicating its responsibility in not notifying the award as per the mandate of Inter-State River Water Disputes Act.

“All the agitations against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the slogans that ‘we will give blood, but not water’ and the tall claims made by the politicians and leaders of various organisations have proven to b futile,” said Yeddyurappa and termed the proposed gazette notification as last nail in the coffin of Cauvery agitation.

Yeddyurappa said that during padayathra, no banners, buntings or posters of KJP will be displayed as it will be an apolitical rally in the interests of the State and its people.

Yeddyurappa said that on the morning of Feb. 7, he would offer special puja to Goddess Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi Hill and then pujas will be offered at the Palace Kote Anjaneya Temple, from were the padayathra will begin. “Anybody can join the padayathra,” he said.