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They will send notice to Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman today They will send notice to Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman today

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    NEW DELHI: A meeting of Members of Parliament from Karnataka chaired by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy here on Thursday decided to seek a detailed discussion in Parliament on the "injustice" meted out to the State in the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

    Home Minister M.P. Prakash told presspersons after the two-hour meeting that it was decided that MPs would give a notice under 193 of the Rules of Procedure to the Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman on Friday for a detailed discussion on the final award of the tribunal.

    The MPs, he said, would meet after the customary address of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to a joint session of Parliament and draft the notice. The decision was taken on a suggestion from the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

    The Thursday meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha K. Rahaman Khan, Union Ministers and senior Congress leaders M.V. Rajasekharan and K.H. Muniyappa, State Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, the former State Chief Minister S. Bangarappa, and senior BJP leaders M. Venkaiah Naidu, and H.N. Ananth Kumar and the former ISRO Chairman and MP K. Kasturirangan.

    To a question, Mr. Prakash said Karnataka had several options to resolve the problem including going back to the tribunal or taking up the matter in the Supreme Court. A decision on further course of action would be taken after an all-party meeting scheduled to be held in Bangalore on Saturday.

    To another question, he said Karnataka wanted the Centre to intervene in the matter and not to hurry in issuing the gazette notification on the tribunal's final award, pending resolution of the State's grievances. The final award, he said, was flawed in several ways.

    Injustice had been done by allocating to Tamil Nadu the water that was meant for Kerala and which that State was not able to utilise for want of adequate storage capacity. He said that Karnataka wished to have a friendly equation with Tamil Nadu and noted that not only was there no disruption in the movement of traffic between the two States, all steps were taken for the safety of linguistic minorities in Karnataka.

    Senior counsel, Sharad Jawali, who had been appearing for the State before the Tribunal would be going over to Bangalore and attend the Saturday's meeting. Advocate-General of Karnataka Uday Holla attended the meeting on Thursday.

    Vatal's dharna

    The meeting was held at the Karnataka Bhavan in Chanakyapuri amidst tight security after a group of activists of Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha led by its leader Vatal Nagaraj reached the venue and staged a demonstration protesting against the tribunal award.

    A team of the Delhi police detained 11 persons, including Mr. Nagaraj. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Anand Mohan said, "Despite repeated warnings, they did not move away from the gate of the bhavan. They were later detained." However, no case had been registered against them.