On day when Karnataka Chief Minister is holding an all party meet on Cauvery, Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda launched a dharna in support of Karnataka farmers. Gowda demanded a team of experts to be sent to study the situation in reservoirs in both the States, he said; “Let them first understand the ground reality.
“Supreme Court judgement is nothing but death warrant to Karnataka. But I will appeal the people to maintain peace,” said the former PM.
Meanwhile, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah called for an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the Supreme Court directive to the state, asking it to obey its order to release 6,000 cusecs of water from the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu for three days.
In the meantime, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday said if “they (SC) keep on passing non-implementable orders, it will be very difficult to maintain law and order in the country.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too held a meeting in New Delhi and discussed Cauvery river water sharing issue.
His meeting comes a day after Water Resources Ministers efforts to iron out differences between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka failed to achieve any breakthrough.
Water Resources Ministry asked four Cauvery basin states to nominate their representatives to be appointed on the Cauvery Water Management Board as directed by the Supreme Court.
The apex court has directed the Centre to set up the Board by October 4. It ordered all the stakeholders — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry — to give names by 4 PM tomorrow of the representatives to be on the Board which would be chaired by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti.
“We have issued letters to four states seeking their nominations,” said the Secretary of Water Resources.
Tamil Nadu has been demanding release of its share in the river water which has been rejected by neighbouring Karnataka citing its requirements for drinking and irrigation purposes.
The Tamil Nadu government has been insisting on implementing the Supreme Court’s September 27 order to release 6,000 cusecs of water in three days and setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.
On Friday, Tamil Nadu accused upper riparian Karnataka of treating with “utter contempt” Supreme Court’s orders on river water sharing and defying them “deliberately and systematically”.
It alleged that Karnataka has not released the stipulated annual water quantum of 192 TMC ft, as ordered by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its final order in 2007, in any of the years, “except when the reservoirs in Karnataka could not hold the surplus flows”.