Chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday assured the legislative assembly that he would lead an all-party delegation to New Delhi to urge prime minister Manmohan Singh to go slow on issuing the final notification on Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award.
Making a statement on the issue in the assembly, Shettar said he would call a meeting of leaders of all parties soon to chalk out the strategies to get a better deal for the state from the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC).
“I have already written to the PM on the issue of possible implications if the final notification is being issued over the CWDT award. I have also underlined the facts that the original suit is still pending before the Supreme Court regarding the final award on Cauvery issue, and so notification should not be issued till the apex court gives its verdict,” he said.
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah demanded that the ruling BJP should inform the house about the developments since last Monday on the Cauvery issue. Minister for water resources Basavaraj Bommai gave a detailed account of what happened in the Supreme Court.
Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu placed the CMC order and informed the court that they are not happy with the order. Tamil Nadu argued that it should get at least 30 TMC ft of water from Karnataka.
“Our advocates objected to this demand and explained that the state is not in a position to obey the orders of the CMC as it had appealed the matter before Cauvery River Authority (CRA). The apex court was informed that the CMC had reversed its own earlier order while asking Karnataka to release the water,” Bommai said.
The state also asserted that there is no justification and clarification for the order to release 12 TMC ft water to Tamil Nadu by the CMC. The Supreme Court maintained that it will not give any order in this regard.
JD(S) leader HD Revanna said the state would not get justice in the final notification and the ruling BJP should ensure that it will not allow any such thing to happen. CM Shettar should submit a memorandum in this regard to the PM and his party is ready to cooperate.