The Karnataka government Saturday decided to again urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stay the Cauvery River Authoritys order to the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water a day to Tamil Nadu between September 20 and October 15.
The decision came a day after the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to implement the CRA order. Had the CRA stayed the order as sought in a review petition filed by the Karnataka government,we would not have faced such a problem (the Supreme Court order), Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said after a meeting with ministers,opposition leaders and legal experts Saturday. We will file the petition in a short period of time. We will request him to pass the order by this evening. We will press the PM to order an interim stay.
Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah of the Congress criticised the BJP governments handling of the issue. He said Karnatakas lawyers,led by Fali S Nariman,did not appear before the Supreme Court to argue the case Friday; only one advocate on record was present,Siddaramaiah said. We did not get a satisfactory reply from the government on their absence, he added. Nariman should have argued the case and tried to convince the court about the ground realities: Karnataka has only 69 TMC ft of water in all four reservoirs,so there is a shortage of 85 TMC ft of water, Siddaramaiah said.
Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda of the JD(S) urged the prime minister to send an expert team to study the situation in the Cauvery basin. Injustice is being perpetrated on Karnataka on Cauvery water issue since 1892. It is unfortunate the Centre has not evolved a distress formula so far, he said.