Amidst rains on a typical Ashada afternoon, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah yesterday offered puja and bagina to River Cauvery at the brimming KRS reservoir on the outskirts of city.

Siddharamaiah, who arrived at the dam site at about 4 pm along with Revenue Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, Housing Minister M.H. Ambarish, Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadevaprasad, Water Resources Minister M.B.Patil, PWD Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa and other officials offered bagina to the river, the practice which started when late R.Gundu Rao was the Chief Minister.

All the rituals were held in godhuli lagna under the supervision of Vedabrahma Dr. Bhanuprakash Sharma.

Speaking to media persons after offering bagina, Siddharamaiah expressed happiness that heavy rains in the State had resulted in water levels at all the dams in the State filled to the brim.

He said that there would be no water scarcity this year and added that the State can release the quota of water to Tamil Nadu for the month of June and July.

Regretting that there were reports of some taluks not receiving sufficient rain, the CM said that he would pray to god for good rains in these areas so that farmers can have good yield.

Divers on guard: A team of expert divers comprising Vyramudi, Kullegowda and Raghu, in life jackets, led by Shravan Kumar, who was seen clad in a diving suit, kept a close watch from beneath the platform as VIPs performed the ritual of offering bagina to the river to ensure that nothing went wrong at the reservoir as part of safety measures put in place by Cauvery Neeravari Nigam (CNN) Limited.

Barring Shravan, who is an expert diver belonging to Bluefin Diving Company, Mumbai, which is involved the repair of crest gates at the dam, the remaining trio are taskmen or daily wagers with CNN.

Farmers, DSS stage protest: Even as CM Siddharamaiah and his entourage arrived at KRS dam, members of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Dalita Sangarsha Samithi (DSS) led by MLA K.S. Puttanaiah staged a protest demanding hiking of sugarcane prices and reopening of sugar factories. When protestors led by DSS Convenor Srinivas tried to submit a memorandum comprising their demands, the CM reportedly refused to accept the same citing poll code of conduct.

As Puttanaiah and his supporters persisted on meeting the CM, the cops reportedly stopped them which forced Puttaianah to say “I have been elected by the people and if they are not allowed, I will boycott the function,” following which his supporters were allowed.

It is also reported that some Ministers including Ambarish resorted to wordy duel with Police officials as entry of party workers for the function had been restricted and the same led to tension for sometime.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore