Following a tense Monday in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a statement on Tuesday morning asking the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to display sensitivity and follow civic responsibilities.
The main points in the Prime Ministerâ€™s statement are:
The situation that has emerged in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of the issue of distribution of the waters of the Cauvery River, is distressful. I am personally pained at the developments.
Violence cannot provide a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue.
This dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit. Breaking the law is not a viable alternative.
The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nationâ€™s property.
I appeal to the people of the two States, to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities.
I trust you will keep national interest and nation building above all else, and give priority to restraint, harmony, and finding a solution, eschewing violence, destruction and arson.