Continuing its defiant stance against the recent Supreme Court directions, the Karnataka government today decided not to release any more water to...
Continuing its defiant stance against the recent Supreme Court directions, the Karnataka government today decided not to release any more water to Tamil Nadu and to hold another special session of the State Legislature on October 3. In an unanimous resolution on the two houses of the legislature, Karnataka had resolved to utilise the available water in four reservoirs of Cauvery Basin, only for drinking water within the state.
Overruling the legislative resolution, the Supreme Court bench yesterday had ordered release of 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water from October 1 to 6. In this backdrop, Karnataka government convened an all party meeting this evening and Leaders of Opposition BJP and JD(S) parties reportedly advised the government not to release any more water to the riparian state, due to the distress situation because of failed monsoon. Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government had decided to convene another special session of the Legislature on Monday to take stock of the future course of action.
The Supreme Court had yesterday taken serious objection to the State government, for not adhering to its earlier directions on releasing water to Tamil Nadu. But the Karnataka government sticking to its September 23 unanimous resolution in the two houses of Legislature, decided not to release water as the low levels in four reservoirs in Cauvery basin was just enough to meet the drinking water needs of cities, towns and villages, including the whole metropolis of Bengaluru. Mr Siddaramaiah said he had elicited the views of the opposition parties and the government and then decided to convene another emergent session of the Legislature on October 3. ''We do not want to go against the orders of the Supreme Court. But, Karnataka is facing a distress year in Cauvery basin and there is only enough water to cater to drinking water needs. This will not amount to disobedience as there is distress situation in our state.
''Hence, the government has decided against any more release of water and called for a special Legislature session on October 3,'' he said. The Congress government faces a tough situation after the apex court had said the court orders will have to be followed by all governments, despite any decision taken in the Legislature. Earlier in the day, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda launched a fast in protest against the failure of Union government for ignoring the seriousness of Cauvery issue between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. He held a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Vidhana Soudha Premises and said he would continue his fast, until the Centre intervened. But later in the evening, Union Ministers Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar spoke to him to withdraw the fast, assuring that they will take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among others, Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and other leaders also held consultation with Mr Gowda. Mr Siddaramaiah also held talks with the veteran JD(S) leader before presiding over the All-party meet.