Cauvery dispute: After violent protests, Karnataka govt says ready to release water

Siddharamaih, after coming out of the all-party meet, said that his government will abide by Supreme Court's order and water will be released to Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2016 12:01 pm
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The all-party meeting called by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah ended on Tuesday evening. The meeting was called after Supreme Court on Monday directed the state to release 15,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu for next 10 days. This announcement was followed by violent protests in the state.

Siddharamaih, after coming out of the all-party meet, said that his government will abide by Supreme Court’s order and water will be released to Tamil Nadu. “As a state we cannot defy SC orders,” he said.

“State will approach SC & supervisory committee for further directions,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying. Siddharamiah also said that Karnataka will file a petition in court seeking modification in the order.

The protests and state-wide bandh called by Cawvery Horata Samiti affected the Mandya district and 700 public buses were taken off roads. Schools, colleges and government offices were also affected by the violence and remained shut on Tuesday.

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The Cauvery water dispute has been a bone of contention between the two states for a long time and after a three-decade long tussle Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had filed an interlocution petition in Supreme Court over the issue in August, 2016.