Karnataka not in position to release Cauvery water, says minister Patil

DMK workers show black flags to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's convoy

DMK workers show black flags to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's convoy

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Karnataka government to release four thousand million cubic feet of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, ANI reported.

The Supreme Court, he claimed, could have registered its strongest condemnation and directed the Centre to submit the draft scheme by today itself. DMK working president M K Stalin said the Centre telling the apex court that the draft scheme could not be placed before the Union Cabinet was only a "lame excuse and a continuation of the betrayal", of Tamil Nadu by the central government.

On the other hand, Karnataka has claimed that it has already released an excess amount of water to Tamil Nadu, reports said.

Venugopal also said that the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, wanted ministers to be involved in the scheme instead of experts. The Tamil Nadu government would ensure justice for the farmers of the State soon.

Dr. Ramadoss said the approach of the Supreme Court was also not in favour of Tamil Nadu and it was responsible for the non-constitution of the CMB. He criticized the BJP government in Centre for pleading with the Supreme Court to grant more time in constituting the board and alleged that the government has started playing with the sentiments of the Tamil people. "It is the end of co-operative federalism".

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Earlier in April, the apex court had asked the Modi government to frame and file a draft Cauvery management scheme by May 3.

Giving reasons for the delay in implementation of the apex court's February 16 judgment for release of water by Karnataka as per the Cauvery tribunal award, attorney-general K.K. Venugopal told a bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, "We are in a hard position".

In a statement here, he said the Supreme Court should take firm action to put an end to the injustice meted out to Tamil Nadu. This was countered by senior counsel Shyam Divan and Mohan Katarki, appearing for Karnataka, who said water has been released to Tamil Nadu as per the distress formula.

The matter was kept for further hearing to May 8. We will inform the supreme court about availability " of water now and our needs".

AG urged the court to postpone the hearing on this issue to after May 12, as there is a Karnataka assembly election. He denounced the Centre politicizing the entire issue.

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