Bengaluru: The Karnataka unit of the BJP has severely criticized the state government for letting the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, calling the Karnataka state government a 'slave of the Stalin government in Tamil Nadu', in a post on its official X account.

On Friday, the BJP Karnataka posted in reference to the state government and Cauvery water row, "Kannadigas are greatly upset and scornful of the Congress government, which came to power speaking highly of the valour, achievement, greatness and self-pride of Kannadigas during the campaigns for the Assembly elections but is betraying the people of the state when they are in need. The Congress government is merely a slave of MK Stalin's government of Tamil Nadu and working against Karnataka."

Criticizing the state government further in relation to the Cauvery water issue, the state unit has said, "The Congress government, which had used the card of existence and respect of the people of Karnataka prior for the election campaign, has auctioned the life and honour of Kannadigas by letting the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. All these are acts of betrayal against Karnataka."

BJP Karnataka also accused the Congress government of Karnataka of failing to argue appropriately in favour of Kannadigas in the Cauvery water issue merely to save the INDIA bloc and please Rahul Gandhi. "Siddaramaiah or representatives of the Karnataka government did not bother to hold discussions and convince the Tamil Nadu government of the struggle for water in Karnataka," the state unit posted on X.

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New Delhi, Dec 11: India has described as "fake" and "completely fabricated" a media report claiming that a "secret memo" was issued by New Delhi in April to take "concrete" measures against certain Sikh separatists, including Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Sunday that the report is part of a "sustained disinformation campaign" against India and the outlet that published it is known for propagating "fake narratives" peddled by Pakistani intelligence.

The report was published by online American media outlet "The Intercept".

"We strongly assert that such reports are fake and completely fabricated. There is no such memo," Bagchi said.

"This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India. The outlet in question is known for propagating fake narratives peddled by Pakistani intelligence. The posts of the authors confirm this linkage," he added.

"Those who amplify such fake news do so only at the cost of their own credibility," Bagchi said, responding to media queries on the report.

In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled the allegation of "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Nijjar on Canadian soil on June 18.

India strongly dismissed the charges, terming them "absurd".

"The Intercept", in its report, claimed that the Indian government issued instructions on a "crackdown scheme" against certain Sikh entities in western countries.

It further claimed that the secret memorandum issued by the MEA in April lists several "Sikh dissidents under investigation by India's intelligence agencies, including the Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar".