A special assembly session is underway in Karnataka Assembly to decide on the Cauvery water.
The State Cabinet had on Saturday decided to convene a legislature session on Monday for the second time to take a call on the apex court’s directive.
The meeting also comes at the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s fresh deadline to Karnataka where it has asked the state to inform the court by 2 PM on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the Union government approached the court modify its order on Cauvery Management Board, after Karnataka refused to appoint a member.
Addressing a public gathering on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah termed the state as a “victim” and not the villain in the water dispute.
“Some people at the national and international levels are saying Karnataka is not releasing water to Tamil Nadu. In a way, they are suggesting as if Karnataka is the villain. But, in reality, the state has been the victim and has been meted out injustice,” said the CM
The apex court had directed the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4.
On September 30, the apex court had taken Karnataka to task for its repeated “defiance” by flouting its orders on water release to Tamil Nadu and giving it a last chance, warning that no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it.
Court had also asked Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs of water from October 1 to 6 to Tamil Nadu.