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CAUVERY ROW - Can't wait for Karnataka govt for draft

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The Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Vala on May 16 invited Yeddyurappa to form the government after it emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had directed Centre to make a few modifications to the draft it had submitted on May 14.

The apex court has asked the centre to modify a provision in the scheme that authorises the Union government to issue directions "from time to time "on Cauvery water distribution between four riparian states, Tamil Nadu Kerala and Puducherry". According to the Kerala government, the state gets 4% of the water and is expected to pay 15% of the cost towards the board.

The Centre was also asked to drop the clause that said that the Centre would give directions from time to time to the implementing authority - a clause objected to by Tamil Nadu. The top court also rejected these objections.

The court had yesterday thrown out the government's appeal for another delay, citing elections in Karnataka, and had ordered that the draft be submitted in 24 hours.

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The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday.

However, it was left to the Centre to name the implementing authority appropriately. "The court can not wait till July as the first release of water from the Cauvery is scheduled in June", Naphade said.

The 2007 Cauvery Water Tribunal Award was modified and reaffirmed by the top court by its February 16 verdict.

"All of us saw how Prime Minister Narendra Modi misused the office of Governor in Tamil Nadu". However, the Centre failed to set up the board within the deadline, which triggered protests in Tamil Nadu.

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