K’taka releases Cauvery water but politics continues

RSTV Bureau

On Tuesday morning, a day after the Karnataka Assembly passed a resolution asking the government to take “appropriate decision” to end the Cauvery stalemate, the state has released some water of the Cauvery river for Tamil Nadu. The water that has been released is only for irrigation purpose.

Even as some water was released, AIADMK MPs carried out a protest march from the Parliament to the PM House to put pressure on Modi government to set up a Cauvery Management Board.

Of late, the Centre has sought a modification of the apex court order to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board . The Centre has now said the decision to form the water management board is Parliament’s prerogative. Centre’s U-turn comes two days after it had readily agreed to the court’s direction to form a board by October 4.

Bengaluru: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah during Special assembly session on cauvery issue at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Bengaluru on Monday. PTI Photo

Bengaluru: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah during Special assembly session on cauvery issue at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Bengaluru on Monday. PTI Photo

In Tamil Nadu, both DMK and AIADMK are crying foul and have accused the Modi government for changing its stance on the formation of the water management board. They have accused the Centre of changing their stance with an eye on Karnataka assembly elections in 2018.

On Monday, the Karnataka Assembly adopted a resolution just hours after the Supreme Court asked Karnataka to explain the continuous defiance of its orders to release water from the Cauvery for the neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

“The house has authorised the government to take a decision in the best interest of the state. The resolution adopted by the assembly says that we should release water for the farmers,” said Karnataka Water Resources Minister MB Patil on Monday evening after the special Assembly session called by the state legislature.

The Supreme Court had came down heavily on the Karnataka government for the second time in a week for defying its order to release Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu. The court had asked the state to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu on September 30.

(With inputs from agencies)