Cauvery issue: Tamil Nadu CM on day-long hunger strike

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Photo - PTI

FILE: Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Photo – PTI

Protesting against the Centre for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board in compliance with the Supreme Court order, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday went on a day-long hunger strike along with members of the AIADMK.

Palaniswami’s deputy and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam too is on a day-long hunger strike. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and AIADMK presidium chairman E Madusudanan also joined their party colleagues for the day-long fast.

“The hunger strike is to condemn the central government for not forming the CMB,” the AIADMK said in a statement.

In its February 16 judgement, the apex court raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water. The apex court granted the Centre six weeks to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement, which modified the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award.

Tamil Nadu has been urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Even inside Parliament, AIADMK members have been raising protest leading to the washout of proceedings.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the Centre’s plea seeking clarification on the February 16 verdict regarding setting up of a Cauvery management scheme in the decades-old river water sharing dispute.

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A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud has scheduled the matter for hearing on April 9.

“We will take this matter on April 9 along with the plea of Tamil Nadu,” the bench said, when the Centre’s counsel Wasim Qadri sought urgent hearing of the plea.

This follows Supreme Court’s Monday move where it agreed to hear a contempt plea of the Tamil Nadu government against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

“We understand Tamil Nadu’s difficulty of not getting water. We will resolve the issue. List the matter for April 9,” the bench said.

Tamil Nadu had sought contempt action against the Centre for “failure” to frame the scheme for constitution of the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee within six weeks, as directed by the apex court on February 16.

(With inputs from Agencies)