Mangaluru, Feb 4, 2017: Reports indicate that the members of Netravathi Samyukta Samiti will hold a ’fast-unto-death’ protest in front of the DK DC’s office to urge the government to scrap Yettinahole project. The decision was taken at a meeting held at Bunts’ Hostel in the city on Feb 3, Friday.
Samiti president and former MLA Vijay Kumar Shetty said MP Nalin Kumar Kateel is supporting the protest and he will take part in the fast-unto-death protest. The case filed by Purushottam Chitrapur in connection with Yettinahole project will come up for hearing before the National Green Tribunal in Delhi on February 6, he added.
Billavara Sangha leader Harikrishna Bantwal said Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has turned a deaf ear to the problem of the people of Dakshina Kannada.
It is not that the government cannot withdraw Yettinahole project. If more and more people take part in the protests, the fight will be successful and the government will be compelled to take back the project, he remarked.
Karavali Education Trust chairman Ganesh Rao said black flags should be displayed to the elected representatives who do not support anti-Yettinahole fights.
The politicians should remember that the people are important than the party, he added.
Mangalore Bar Association President S P Chengappa said that lawyers from Mangaluru, Puttur, Sullia, Belthangadi and other taluks will take part in the protest.
Film Producer Vijay Kumar Shetty said the artistes from theatre troupes in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod districts will take part in the protest.
Similarly, Tulunada Rakshana Vedike, Hindu Mazdur Sangha, Civil Contractors’ Association, Karavali Rakshana Vedike and other associations announced their support to the protest.
SDPI general secretary Abdul Jalil, Bajrang Dal state convener Sharan Pumpwell, Vishwa Hindu Parishad state president Prof M B Puranik, Zilla Panchayat president Meenakshi Shantigodu, vice president Kasturi Ranja, Buntara Yane Nadavara Matru Sangha president Ajit Kumar Rai Maladi, Credai former President Pushparaj Jain, DK District Working Journalists’ Association President Jagannath Shetty Bala, former deputy mayor Purushottam Chitrapur, fishermen’s community leader Ramachandra Baikampadi, Samiti leader Satyajit Surathkal and Tulunada Rakshana Vedike president Yogish Shetty Jeppu were among those present in the meeting.