Mangaluru: Two banners have been placed in the city asking the officials of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) not to remove them, unless and until the other flex, banners and hoardings are also removed by them. The banners in question reflect the ire of the people against the elected representatives for the water crisis in the Dakshina Kannada district. The images of these two banners have gone viral on social media and have received hundreds of comments, likes and shares.
In the first banner, people welcome MPs Sadananda Gowda and Veerappa Moily, accusing the representatives of forcing the people to drink water that was earlier used in the toilet. The bottom of the banner features a caution to the officials of the MCC not to remove the banner unless and until other flex, banners and hoardings are also removed. The banner also cautions that if they try to remove the banners, they would be slippered.
While Sadananda Gowda has been serving as the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, M Veerappa Moily is an MP from the Chikkaballapur constituency. Both of them have also served as Chief Minister of Karnataka. It can be noted that if Sadananda Gowda had given administrative approval for the Yettinahole project, Moily was instrumental in laying the foundation for the project.
The banners also allege that both Sadananda Gowda and Veerappa Moily supported the Rs 13,000 crore deadly Yettinahole project in order to receive commission.
On another banner, the photos of all eight MLAs of the Dakshina Kannada district, U T Khader (DK district in-charge minister) D Vedavyas Kamath, Y Bharath Shetty, Umanath Kotian, Rajesh Naik, Hareesh Poonja, Sanjeeva Matandoor and S Angara have been displayed. The banner reads that the MLAs were elected not to travel in posh cars, but to serve the people. It also urges them to stage a protest in the Assembly in order to stop the Yettinahole project, or prove that they are true elected representatives by tendering their resignation.
It can be noted that the level of water in the Nethravathi river, the only lifeline for Mangaluru city, is dipping day by day. Meanwhile, the MCC has decided to resort to water rationing for nearly a month. As the water level has now gone below four meters in the Thumbe vented dam, the MCC has decided to stop the supply of water for three consecutive days in a week. This has made the people direct their anger towards the two MPs, Gowda and Moily, as they openly supported the Yettinahole project.
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