- Following Supreme Court's verdict to release water to TN, Karnataka has convened all-party meeting
- BJP is likely to take party in the meeting this time
- Congress Executive Committee decides not to release water, final decision after the all-party meeting
In its decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day for three days to Tamil Nadu and fixed the date for next hearing on the issue to September 30.
Speaking at the Congress Executive meeting, KPCC president G Parameshwara said that the Congress has decided not to release water to Tamil Nadu. But a final decision on the issue will be taken after the all-party meeting to be held on Wednesday.
He also said that the Congress Executive Committee also decided to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention on the Cauvery issue.
Unlike the last time, BJP in Karnataka has decided to take part in the all-party meeting. “We are with the government. We will support whatever decision the government makes,” said BJP state President BS Yeddyurappa.
Last time, BJP was severely criticised for not taking part in the all-party meeting held on the Cauvery issue.
A meeting of the representatives of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be held under the chairmanship of Union Water Resources Secretary, Shashishekhar, with the mediation from the Centre.
Karnataka will take its decision on Wednesday and try to prove its point in the meeting.
Today, during the hearing of Cauvery issue, the third hall of the Supreme Court was filled with people’s representatives. From Karnataka MPs Prakash Hukkeri, DK Suresh, Muddahanumegowda, former MP Ramya and others were present.
Since the Supreme Court already brushed aside the Karnataka Assembly decision to use the water in its reservoirs only for drinking, stating that the decision would not come in the way of implementing the Court’s order, Karnataka will have to express its difficulty in releasing water to Tamil Nadu in stronger words.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:43 PM IST