The ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu came in for opposition criticism on Thursday after the Supreme Court order on Cauvery river dispute. While, the state government said it would continue with the efforts to get adequate share of the river water, the opposition DMK hit out at it over the alleged inept handling of the case in the Supreme Court.
The apex court has directed Karnataka to release 177.25 tmcft to Tamil Nadu, which was less than the quantum sought by the neighbouring state.
Reacting on the verdict, AIADMK MP M Navaneethakrishnan said the state government would continue its efforts for getting a fair share of Cauvery water. He urged the Centre to immediately constitute the Cauvery Management Board as the first step.
“Our government will continue its fight to get adequate water for Tamil Nadu,” he told PTI over phone.
Meanwhile, DMK working president MK Stalin described the verdict as shocking and said the party strongly condemned the Palaniswami government for not submitting appropriate evidence in the Supreme Court to get adequate water.
Expressing dissatisfaction, DMK top leader Duraimurugan slammed the ruling party for not properly handling the case in which resulted in the state “losing about 15 tmcft of water.”
Other parties too reacted to the apex court judgement. CPI M state secretary G Ramakrishnan said farmers in the delta region would be affected by the verdict since they are fully depended on the Cauvery water for their needs.
“There is nothing to cheer about,” BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan said.
Though the water apportioned by the apex court to Tamil Nadu was lower, at the least that quantum should be immediately released, she demanded.
(With inputs from PTI)