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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Deralakatte: Abubakar Haji, popularly known as 'Koti Haji,' passed away at his residence in Deralakatte on Saturday night after a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

Koti Haji, originally from Pilivalachchil in Vitla Kadambu, was a businessman in Hospet, Vijay Nagar, before settling in Deralakatte 22 years ago.

A well-known philanthropist, he founded the Ahal Taqwa Trust, supporting various mosques and madrasas. He was also responsible for building and maintaining a mosque in Deralakatte.

He is survived by his wife, six sons, and a daughter.

Several dignitaries, including Speaker UT Khader, Muslim Jamaat D.K. District Vice President Ali Kunhi Pare, former Belma Panchayat President Yusuf Bava, DCC Vice President TS Abdullah Samanige, and Abusali Haji Kinya, paid their respects.

General Secretary of Shamsul Ulama Darus Salam Academy Wadi Twaiba Kinya, Sirajuddin Alankar, Secretary of the Public Works Department Contractors Association Nisar Ahmed Samani, and District Coordination Committee Chairman Abdul Rahiman Darimi Tabuku, among others, have expressed their condolences.