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J Balaji
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Shettar sought a review of his order directing Karnataka to release waterKarnataka says no contempt involved as it does not have enough water
Shettar sought a review of his order directing Karnataka to release waterKarnataka says no contempt involved as it does not have enough water

Despite waiting for three days since Sunday in the capital, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar was denied appointment by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the latest development on the Cauvery issue. Mr. Shettar left for Bangalore on Tuesday afternoon.

PMO sources said that the Prime Minister, who is also the Chairman of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), could not review his own order, even if he wished to, as the Act would not allow this without getting the approval of the Cauvery River Authority.

For convening a meeting of the CRA, in which the Chief Ministers of four riparian States – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry – are members, a quorum of three members (Chief Ministers) is a must. “But it is not possible to convene the CRA meeting at a short notice,” they said.

Official sources in the Karnataka government said the Chief Minister, who waited for the Prime Minister’s appointment after landing here on Sunday evening, wrote a letter to Dr. Singh seeking his immediate intervention and review of his September 19 order directing Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from September 19 to October 15.

When The Hindu contacted him over phone, Mr. Shettar said he did not want to answer questions on the Tamil Nadu government deciding to file a contempt petition against the Karnataka government or Karunanidhi’s demand to impose Article 356., “I don’t want to say anything on the issue,” the CM said flatly.

Earlier, Mr. Shettar, accompanied by his Water Resource Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Law Minister Suresh Kumar, held discussions with Karnataka’s senior counsel Fali Nariman on the Cauvery issue vis-à-vis contempt of court petition to be moved by Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Suresh Kumar told journalists that stopping water release would not amount to contempt of court as the State had no water for the irrigational/drinking water needs of its own people. The government was ready to face the issue legally in the court, he said.

Sources said Dr. Singh, through the BJP MPs delegation which met him on Monday, was informed about Karnataka’s decision to stop water supply to Tamil Nadu from the midnight of Monday in view of poor storage in its reservoirs.

Meanwhile, a delegation of DMK MPs, led by its parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu, met Dr. Singh and expressed its anguish on Karnataka’s move to stop water supply.

They also urged him to immediately notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal in the gazette and render justice to Tamil Nadu.


  • Shettar sought a review of his order directing Karnataka to release water

  • Karnataka says no contempt involved as it does not have enough water



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