Road and rail traffic remained hit between Bangalore and Mysore for the second day today as protests over release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu escalated in the river basin districts raising the political heat with some JDS and Congress MLAs offering to quit assembly.
As the farmers organisations stepped up protest, authorities deployed RAF in Mandya, the epicentre of the agitations, as a precautionary step.
More than 100 protesters were taken into custody when they detained the Mysore-Shiradi express at Gejjalagere near Mandya. An attempt by a farmer to hang himself from a tree was foiled in the village, police said.
Protests were reported in Mysore, Chamarajangar and various parts of Mandya districts following which the South Western Railway cancelled Mysore-Malgudi Express and Chamundi Express.
Farmers, political leaders and activists of pro-Kannada outfits intensified their protest and slammed BJP Government for "neglecting" the state's interests, a charge denied by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.
Four JDS MLAs and an MP from Mandya district, the hotbed of Cauvery politics, handed over their resignations to state unit chief H D Kumaraswamy. They were Mandya JDS Lok Sabha MP N Cheluvarayaswamy and his party MLAs Kalapna Siddaraju, C S Puttaraju , M Srinivas and Ramesh Bandi Siddegowda.
Not to be left behind, two Congress MLAs from the same district K B Chandrasekhar and Suresh Gowda announced their decision to resign their membership from the assembly, which is set to go to polls in May next year.
Kumaraswamy said a meeting would be held tomorrow to discuss whether all 26 JDS MLAs and three MPs, including his father Deve Gowda, should quit enmasse over Cauvery issue.
Gowda met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, apprised him of the difficult situation faced by Karnataka and requested him to reconsider the directive of Cauvery River Authority headed by him asking the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till October 15.
The Cauvery water release issue hotted up with opposition Congress and JDS attacking the state government for its "failure" to convince the Centre about the distress situation.
Shettar hit back at them saying "the opposition including Congress have failed to convince the Prime Minister".
He asserted that "because of wrong decision taken by the Prime Minister, injustice has been done to Karnataka. We did our best to convince the Prime Minister".
The government began releasing water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams early yesterday to ensure flow of 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, complying with a directive of the Supreme Court.