Opposition members stage dharna demanding immediate stoppage of water

Amid uproar over the Cauvery issue, the Karnataka government on Friday informed the Legislative Assembly that the State had started releasing water to Tamil Nadu from Thursday night on the advice of legal experts.

Making a statement in the House, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar said advocates arguing the case on behalf the State in the Supreme Court had suggested that the government honour the court directive. Tamil Nadu advocates had written to their counterparts in Karnataka that they would file a contempt petition if the latter declined to release water, Mr. Kumar said.

The Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from December 5 to 9. State’s counsel in the Supreme Court Mohan Katarki suggested to the government to release water in the interests of the State and to fight the case legally. “Keeping in mind long-term interests of the State, water is being released to Tamil Nadu.”

Dharna

Opposition members in both the Houses of the legislature staged a dharna demanding immediate stoppage of water. The Houses were adjourned for the day when members continued to raise slogans against the government.

As soon as the House sat for the day, Opposition members trooped into the well of the House demanding that the government stop release of water.

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP government had “cheated” the farmers by releasing water. Standing crops in the basin districts would wither if the government implemented the court order.

He demanded compensation of Rs. 25,000 per acre to farmers in the event of crops withering.