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Gowda walks the Cauvery talk for Nagathihalli’s documentary film

                                                                                                 Deccan Herald, New Delhi, 3rd April, 2013

As parties get into the nitty-gritty of candidate selection, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda seems to be treading a different path, although informally, to garner votes for his party.

The Cauvery issue has come in handy for Gowda and there seems to be an effort to cash in on his fight for the State’s cause.

Gowda, during his visits to the State’s reservoirs, is shooting for a documentary by director Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar on the former prime minister’s efforts to get justice for Karnataka, vis-a-vis the Cauvery row.

The documentary also throws light on the irrigation projects he has implemented in the State during the various posts he has held.

On Monday, the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) supremo was at the Naviluteertha reservoir in Belgaum district and on Tuesday, he made it to the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam.

An official of the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam told Deccan Herald that the filming team had taken the permission of the Mandya deputy commissioner. The former prime minister walked in the centre of the reservoir, reading Chandrashekhar’s scripts and the scene was captured on camera, said eyewitnesses.

Gowda had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the Cauvery issue and had also raised the matter in Parliament.

While voters in the Cauvery basin may vent their ire on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress for failing to protect the State’s interests, Gowda, perhaps, wants to insulate his party from it — by disseminating information about what he did to protect the State’s interests through the documentary.

‘Not effort to woo voters’

Deve Gowda also conducted an aerial survey of the Harangi reservoir near Kushalnagar of Kodagu district.

Later, speaking to reporters, he said setting up the Cauvery Management Authority would prove to be a death knell for the State’s farmers, besides depriving people in the region of drinking water from the State’s share.

He said his visits to the dams was in his capacity as an MP and that he would convey the problems of people in the region to the Centre. Gowda denied this was part of his party’s election campaign.