Mangaluru, Sep 19, 2015 : The anti-Yettinahole protest must continue until the project is dropped and students must support every cause that aims at the welfare of the society, said Sri Esha Vittaldasa Swamiji of Kemar Sandeepani Ashram.
He was addressing a mammoth gathering of students in front of the DC office on September 19, Saturday in protest against the Yettinahole Project. Students of various colleges from across the district boycotted classes and participated in the strike call given by the All College Students Association. Thousands of students even marched from Ambedkar Circle to DC office as part of the protest.
Continuing his address, the seer said he would support any movement for the betterment of the society irrespective of the organization which organizes the protest. The only objective is to stop the project which will have drastic consequences, he said.
Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, Vicar General of Mangalore Diocese said water should be provided to parched districts without affecting the livelihood of other districts.
Rohini, President of the All College Students Association in her address, lashed out at the ministers of the district who have failed to hear the pleas of the people as well as the students despite repeated protests.
Dinaker Shetty, State Legal Advisor of All College Students Association who also spoke said the politicians of the district have failed to support the people who are fighting against the Yettinahole Project.
Anti-Yettinahole activist MG Hegde wanted to know why the local MLA as well as Health Minister UT Khader is not supporting the protest and warned that the anti-Yettinahole protest would take the shape of a revolution if the authorities fail to pay heed to the demands of the people. He also called upon students to sensitize people regarding the dangers of this project and thus gather their support for the movement.
Protestors vented their ire by burning the posters with images of former CMs Veerappa Moily and DV Sadananda Gowda who are instrumental in implementing the project.