- Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will meet Uma Bharti, Minister for irrigation to seek her intervention.
- Karnataka has decided not to release water to Tamil Nadu.
- The apex court had asked Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.
Despite the Supreme Court verdict, Karnataka is yet to release the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. On Thursday, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be meeting Uma Bharti, Minister for irrigation. There is a lot expected from this meeting.
Earlier on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had an all-party meeting to discuss with the leaders on releasing 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. The Karnataka CM is expected to make some crucial decisions after the meeting with Uma Bharti.
Tamil Nadu meanwhile is opposed to the intervention of the Centre. While CM Jayalalithaa is yet to make any public statement, veteran politician and DMK leader Karunanidhi opposed the intervention by Uma Bharti and alleged that she’s biased towards Karnataka.
Karnataka was supposed to release 6000 cusecs of water from Wednesday itself. But in the all-party meeting, all the leaders urged Siddaramaiah not to take a decision on releasing water and to wait instead till meeting Uma Bharti.
While legal experts present in the meeting reportedly told the leaders that the violation of verdict might put Karnataka in more serious troubles, the state government and other political parties have said that they are ready to face "anything."
Here are six things that may happen during the meeting:
•Tamil Nadu may boycott the meeting saying that Karnataka has not adhered to the Supreme Court’s order.
•Any decision taken by the centre will make one of the states or both the states to oppose that decision.
•If both the states disagree with the decision, the central government may withhold the announcement of its decision.
•The central government may collect information from both the states and announce its decision before Supreme Court.
•In case both the states don’t come to a conclusion then the central government may send an expert committee to both the states to survey the situation of dams.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:39 PM IST