The Cauvery agitation against the Tribunals verdict got a shot in the arm when Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of Kannada matinee idol late Dr. Rajkumar, took out a padayatra in city demanding justice in Cauvery dispute. She led the inmates of Shaktidhama, a home for destitute women run by her and activists numbering about 400, in the Padayatra. On her arrival in the city, Parvathamma Rajkumar staged dharna at K.R. Circle with the members of Cauvery Kriya Samithi for some time and raised slogans against the verdict.
Parvathamma Rajkumars daugther Laxmi, son-in-law S.A. Govindaraj, about 250 Shaktidhama inmates and Shakthidhama Trustees Devanur Mahadeva, G.S. Jayadeva, Dr. Kamala Raman, Rajashekhar Koti, Sharadamma, C.V.L. Sastry, Komala Potharaj, M. Sadanand, members of Rajkumar Seva Trust, Samatha Adhyana Kendra, Nava Karnataka Yuvakara San-gha, Dr. Rajkumar and Shivarajkumar Fans Forum, Meena Thoogudeepa, mother of actor Darshan Thoogudeepa and others joined her.
Addressing the agitators, Parvathamma recalled her late husbands struggle for the protection of Karnatakas interests. She said that Cauvery belonged to Karnataka forever. “It was ours yesterday, it is ours today and it will remain ours tomorrow”, she declared. Parvathamma Rajkumar said that she along with her children continue to fight for the rights of Karnataka.
All Kannadigas should take active part in this struggle. They should not stop till Karnataka gets justice, she said. She said that she was taking part in the agitation despite her poor health. Parvathamma Rajkumar travelled in her car upto the junction of Devaraj Urs Road and JLB Road and took out padayatra from there to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. She met the DCs Head Quarters Assistant S. Palaiah in a delegation and submitted him a memorandum. She readout the memorandum before submitting it to him. The memorandum said that injustice is being done to Karnataka all these years in the Cauvery dispute. It urged the President of India and the Prime Minister to intervene and secure justice for Karnataka.