The Congress government in Karnataka Wednesday decided to postpone the release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state government said the issue will be discussed in a special session of the state legislature scheduled for Friday.
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The decision was announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah late Wednesday after discussions with the cabinet, legal and irrigation experts, the opposition Janata Dal Secular, and former PM H D Deve Gowda. Gowda reportedly advised that a special session of legislature should be called before deciding on the issue.
In a media statement, Siddaramaiah said, “In the light of the Supreme Court’s interim order of September 20, the government has held lengthy discussions in an all-party meeting and in the state cabinet. The all-party meeting has suggested the convening of a special session of the legislature to address the issue. In this background, we have decided in the cabinet to ask the Governor to call for a session of the state legislature on September 23 at 11 am.
“Till the session arrives at a decision, the issue of releasing of water has been postponed.”
It added, “Only the JDS and the Rajya Raitha Sangha attended the all party meeting. The leaders of the BJP did not come.”
The state BJP had earlier announced that it would not participate in the all-party meeting. “We are boycotting the meeting because the state government has refused our demand for a joint session of the legislature to discuss the issue,’’ state president B S Yeddyurappa said.