Cauvery water row: Uma Bharti calls meeting with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu CMs; release of water deferred

By: | Updated: September 28, 2016 7:37 PM

Following a call for a meeting of Chief Ministers, Karnataka has deferred the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu till Thursday.

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Following a call for a meeting of Chief Ministers, Karnataka has deferred the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu till Thursday. Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah told reporters that the state will be releasing the water to Tamil Nadu only after meeting with River Development minister Uma Bharti, who has called for a meeting between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Kerala CM K Siddaramaiah, at 11.30 a.m on Thursday. “Uma Bharti has called a meeting tomorrow at 11:30am in Delhi of both CMs of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Releasing of water has been deferred till the meeting with Union Minister Uma Bharti,” Siddaramaiah told reporters. Siddaramaiah said that a decision on release of water will be ‘taken later’. Supreme Court had on Tuesday asked the central government to intervene in the matter and conduct a meeting between the both chief ministers.

The apex court had asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi to facilitate a meeting of the executive heads of both states with the Centre over the next two days to find a resolution to the impasse. As per the statement made Siddaramaiah, it is clear that the state government is once again defying the SC order to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu despite repeated warnings. Scheduling the next hearing for Friday, the court warned Karnataka Government for disobeying its order.

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