He wants state MPs to put up an united struggle against Centre

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ananth Kumar on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar convene a meeting of the MPs from the State to discuss the crisis over sharing of Cauvery waters.

Addressing a protest rally organised by the BJP here against the Cauvery River Authority’s directive to the State to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Kumar said the Chief Minister should take steps for putting up a united struggle against the Centre’s decision to release Cauvery waters by discussing the issue with the MPs from the State. He there was no question of releasing water as the State itself was reeling under serious drought.

He alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also Chairman of the CRA, had displayed anti-Karnataka attitude.

MP for Bangalore North D.B. Chandre Gowda said the MPs from the State had decided to appeal to the Prime Minister to reconsider the directive.

He wondered how the CRA could ask Karnataka to release water at a time when it did not have adequate storage to take care of the drinking water requirements of Bangalore city as well as standing crops.