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All-party nod for Krishna's stand

BANGALORE OCT. 5. The Karnataka Cabinet today decided against releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, and endorsed the stand taken by the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, in this regard.

On Friday, the Supreme Court had directed the State to release 9,000 cusecs of water a day to Tamil Nadu as per the orders of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA).

The Minister for Information, Kagodu Thimmappa, told presspersons after the Cabinet meeting that Mr. Krishna would write to the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to convene an emergency meeting of the CRA to discuss the issue.

This was being done in the light of the clarification given by the Supreme Court that if the CRA passed a new order, it would be operative in the place of the one issued earlier.

The Cabinet appealed to farmers in the State to call off their protests as the Government had taken up their cause.

Asked if an Assembly session would be convened, he said that it might be considered after October 24 when Tamil Nadu's petition on contempt of court against Karnataka would be heard by the Supreme Court.

The Leaders of all Opposition parties and farmers in Mandya and Mysore districts too endorsed the Cabinet stand.

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