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Major Issues

Cauvery Water Dispute

 

Cauvery water dispute dates back to 1892, when the Madras Presidency and the Princely State of Mysore were part of the erstwhile British India. In the year 1892, the states were given the task to divide the longest river basin in southern India, the 802 km long Cauvery river was to be shared between both the territories. Since then, the dispute has ravaged homes and cities as in the 20th century violent clashes took place between both the states. The issue was handed over to Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal. They were given the task to figure out a peaceful settlement to the water sharing issue between the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

Cauvery water dispute dates back to 1892, when the Madras Presidency and the Princely State of Mysore were part of the erstwhile British India. In the year 1892, the states were given the task to divide the longest river basin in southern India, the 802 km long Cauvery river was to be shared between both the territories. Since then, the dispute has ravaged homes and cities as in the 20th century violent clashes took place between both the states. The issue was handed over to Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal. They were given the task to figure out a peaceful settlement to the water sharing issue between the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

Farmers Plight

 

Farmers are the backbone of the economy in an agrarian country like India. The state of the agricultural sector in Karnataka has been on a downward trajectory for the past few decades, due to mismanagement and lack of implementation of government policies. In the recent years, a number of farmers committed suicide due to loan debts and ever so frequent droughts. The opposition party has questioned CM Siddaramaih’s policies and inability to take stringent actions to protect the farmers in distress. More than 3500 farmers have ended their misery by committing suicide in the period of four years between 2013 and 2017. The issues impeding the growth of agriculture in Karnataka range from water management issues to feeble institutional and policy measures.

The north Karnataka region is a drought-prone region and farmers in this region are the worst affected compared to other regions of the state. Mahadayi river issue is also another factor that stagnated the growth of the agricultural sector in Karnataka.

Corruption

 

Corruption has been a prevalent problem in Karnataka, as the majority of the politicians in the state are facing corruption charges. The current Siddaramaiah government has faced several charges and allegations of corruption against several top-level ministers of the government. The BJP Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Karnataka Elections BS Yeddyurappa had to resign midway due to corruption charges against the government, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi labeled the Siddaramaiah government by mocking them as “0 percent commission government”, certainly taking a dig at the Karnataka Chief Minister. So, it remains to be seen whether the parties can walk the talk on their stand on corruption if they get elected.

Law and Order

 

The law and order situation in the state has been debatable, as the government’s inability to tackle the growing crimes and lawlessness in the state has become a major issue for the urban population. The number of high-profile murders of politicians, whistleblowers, and journalists have been on the rise in the last few years. On 7th March, 2018, Karnataka Lokayukta P Vishwanatha Shetty was ruthlessly stabbed several times inside his office. In another brutal incident, journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was murdered while entering her house. Only a single arrest has been made till date as Karnataka Police is still on the lookout for the murderers. Such high-profile crimes and growing concerns related to women safety in the state have become major issues for the present Siddaramaiah government.

Governance

 

Karnataka government has become more of a Siddaramaiah Government as the Chief Minister is considered by many in the party as an authoritarian leader. It is reflected in the growing discontent among the bureaucracy. The opposition has also alleged that there is prevalent nepotism in the government. CM’s son Yathindra Siddaramaiah is alleged to has received favor for his company Matrix Imaging Solutions that got the tender for setting up a pathology lab inside the site of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, a superspeciality hospital owned by the government. The growing discontent with government’s role in infrastructure, development, security, and other aspects are receiving public scrutiny as more and more people are becoming aware of their surroundings and political issues taking place in their localities.

Mahadayi River

 

Mahadayi or Mandovi river has become a bone of contention between the states of Karnataka and Goa. The issue has become a significant cause of distress in the state of Karnataka, as farmers and social organisations have time and again staged protests and held rallies. The Mahadayi river originates from the Western Ghats in the North of Karnataka. While the 29 km long upstream flows in the state of Karnataka, the remaining 52 km river stretch flows downstream towards Goa and culminates in the Arabian Sea. Since the early 2000s, Karnataka Government has requested Goa to release 7.6 thousand million cubic feet water, so that Karnataka can fulfill the water demands of the people in the four drought-prone regions of the state.

In December 2017, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar sent a letter to the Karnataka BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa stating that the state would be willing to provide water from the river to Karnataka for drinking purposes, while doing a u-turn by January 3rd, when Manohar Parikar stated that it was ‘inevitable’ to share the water resources with the state of Karnataka.

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Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) is a political party based in Karnataka state. It was founded in 2012 and disestablished in 2014, merging with the Bharatiya Janta Party.

Contact

Karnataka Janata Paksha,
Bangalore
info@kjp.co.in

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