A meeting of the members of Parliament from Karnataka, chaired by the State Chief Minister, Jagadish Shettar, on Wednesday here unanimously decided to strongly oppose inside and outside Parliament any move of the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC), as ordered by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT).

The members pointed out that there were petitions pending challenging the final award of CWDT in the Supreme Court as well as the Tribunal and it would be better for the Union Water Resources Ministry not to take any hasty step till the matter was disposed of.

As per the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, formation of a water management authority was left to the discretion of the Centre. But it was not mandatory. Such a proposal needs to be discussed in Parliament, they felt.

Mr. Shettar requested the State MPs to take up the Cauvery issue in both the Houses of Parliament in the interests of the farmers and the people of Karnataka as they had been suffering a lot after the CWDT was notified.

Later, Mr. Shettar, who was on a day’s visit to the capital, accompanied by his Minister V. Somanna and Basavaraj Bommai, held discussions with State’s counsel Senior Advocate Fali Nariman on the future course of legal action to be taken. Barring MPs from Janata Dal (Secular), those from the BJP, the Congress attended the meeting at Karnataka Bhavan.


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