The state government had raised a hue and cry against the Supreme Court order on releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu before the budget session. However, on Saturday, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that the state has to follow the SC order and was releasing water accordingly.
He told reporters here that the state has filed a review petition against the SC order. Shettar said that he, Water Resource Minister Basavaraj Bommai and others have discussed the future course of action with senior advocate Fali S Nariman and his team.
On ULB polls
On elections to the Urban Local Bodies as per the 2001 census data, the CM said that the government has filed a writ petition before the SC against its direction of conducting elections as per the 2001 census.
Earlier, the SC had directed the government to conduct elections as per the 2001 census if it fails to declare the reservations based on 2011 censure. The government expects the SC to take up the petition for hearing soon, Shettar said.
Shettar said that a few days ago, the power condition in the state was not good due to nonfunctioning of Udupi Power Corporation Limited and thermal power units in the state.
“The situation is normal and will not get worse as the government would purchase from other states if needed,” he added. The CM said that there were demands since 30-40 years to form new taluks based on the population.
“The BJP government has upgraded 43 hoblis into taluks as per the reports of the Gaddigowdar, Hundekar and Prakash committees,” he said.He said that budget has given more projects to Shimoga and this time also, priority has been given to the district.