Karnataka: Cauvery fighter G Madegowda passes away in KM Doddi | Bengaluru News – Times of India

MANDYA: Veteran politician G Madegowda, 94, whose name has been synonymous with the Cauvery agitation for nearly four decades in the district, passed away at his son’s hospital in KM Doddi on Saturday. Madegowda was suffering from age-related illness, and he had been hospitalised for the last three weeks.
Though, he was a seasoned politician, having been elected as an MLA thrice from the erstwhile Kiragavalu assembly segment, and twice as an MP, in 1989 and 1991, and once served as forest minister in then chief minister R Gundurao’s cabinet, he was the face and main driving force for the Cauvery agitation. In 1994, when then PM PV Narasimha Rao directed the state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Madegowda tendered his resignation as an MP, and took part in the agitation.
His role in convincing then chief minister S Bangarappa in bringing an ordinance to overcome the interim award of Cauvery Dispute Tribunal (CWDT), is considered to be a heroic achievement of Madegowda, by thousands of farmers and his admirers. When CWDT passed the final award in 2007, he was instrumental in holding the Cauvery agitation for more than 100 days in Mandya district, and could be seen sitting at Silver Jubilee Park, throughout the agitation.

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