Cauvery water dispute: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah seeks Centre’s help against SC order

Siddaramaiah, who met Uma Bharati along with state ministers, said they had asked the Centre to make a representation to the Supreme Court, objecting to the directive.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/bengaluru | Published:September 23, 2016 12:11 am
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The Karnataka government Wednesday deferred the release of 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, as directed by the Supreme Court, till September 27.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Thursday said the Supreme Court directive to set up the Cauvery Management Board to oversee reservoirs in the river basin within four weeks was “uncalled for’’.

Siddaramaiah, who met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati along with state ministers Thursday, said they had asked the Centre to make a representation to the Supreme Court, objecting to the directive.

“The Supreme Court order to constitute Cauvery Management Board is uncalled for. The order was issued despite neither Tamil Nadu or Karnataka seeking it,” he said after meeting Bharati.

“I have requested that Solicitor General or Additional Solicitor General, who represent Government of India, file an objection for it on September 27,” he added.

The Karnataka government Wednesday deferred the release of 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, as directed by the Supreme Court, till September 27.

“This is very difficult because we have already released 12,000 cusecs of water for 14 days as per Supreme Court directives. We have no water in our reservoirs. There is only 26 TMC of water in four reservoirs, while we need 27 TMC to supply drinking water to Mandya, Mysuru, Bengaluru and nearby areas,” said Siddaramaiah.

Claiming that there is 50 TMC of water in Tamil Nadu, Siddaramaiah said he had apprised the Union Minister about the situation.

Siddaramaiah also met the state’s counsel, Fali S Nariman, to discuss the legal difficulties that may arise due to non-implementation of the court’s directive.

The government has called a special session of the state legislature Friday to discuss the issue. A resolution passed in the session could determine the state government’s next move.

Sources said that the Congress government, which faces the prospect of attracting contempt of court charges, could argue before the Supreme Court that it could not implement its order as there was an unanimous resolution of the legislature against releasing water.

The opposition BJP and JDS have been in favour of stopping release of water to Tamil Nadu.