Karnataka will defer release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu: CM Siddaramaiah
Sep 22 2016 by Johnny Bowman
CM Siddaramaiah called an all-party meeting to decide his response to the Cauvery issue.
JDS leader and former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said after the all-party meeting that "not even a single drop of water should be released to Tamil Nadu for any reason whatsoever".
Karnataka's decision is a defiance in some ways of the Supreme court's order of September 20th which directed the state to release 6000 cusecs of water from September 21 to September 27th.
Siddaramaiah has convened an all-party meeting in the evening, to be followed by an emergent cabinet, where the chief minister is likely to lay down the options and seek consensus.
After deliberating for close to two hours, the Cabinet chose to implement the unanimous decision of the all-party meeting held earlier in the evening.
Asserting that the opposition party had attended all meetings the Chief Minister held over the last two-three weeks and given suggestions, Yeddyurappa said a special assembly session would enable a detailed discussion on the issue and passing of a unanimous resolution on Karnataka's inability to release more water and convey the same to the apex court for immediate relief. S Bangarappa tried to defy the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal by promulgating an ordinance that was struck down by the apex court.
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"I have already spoken to Jagadish Shettar, Ananth Kumar, and Sadananda Gowda, and we have decided not to attend any meeting called by the chief minister on the Cauvery issue", Yeddyurappa told reporters in Shivamogga.
The decision imposed till September 23. Water Resources Minister promised us to study the Supreme Court order and discuss it with officials. It has also made a decision to convene an emergency session of the State Assembly on Saturday to discuss the issue.
During the special session, the government hopes to get a resolution passed unanimously against the release of Cauvery water.
This means Karnataka will not release the 6,000 cusecs of water, per day, to TN, as mandated by the SC on Tuesday.
"Though belated, it is a welcome decision". "We will support and cooperate with the government in the legislature session". He said that he would taking part in the all-party meeting as it was imported to present as a united front.
Sporadic protests over the water issue continued in the river basin basin districts, especially Mandya, the epicenter of the Cauvery agitation, where the agitators blocked Bengaluru-Mysuru road at various places. City police has prohibited sale of liquor and opening of bars, wine shops and pubs from 6 AM today to 1 AM tomorrow in the commissionerate limits.