Cauvery: Council backs state

Published: 12th February 2013 12:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2013 12:45 PM   |  A+A-

When Tamil Nadu is contemplating to file a contempt petition against the state before the Supreme Court for not complying with the apex court direction to release 2.44 tmc feet water, the Karnataka Legislative Council has passed a one-line resolution supporting the state decision to file a review petition.

 After a three-hour debate on Monday, the House passed a resolution vetting the state decision to file a review petition before the apex court against its Friday order.

 The resolution moved by Opposition Congress leader in the Council S R Patil, not only supported the move but also urged the state government to reflect the ground reality in the Cauvery basin in its petition.

 The resolution was passed by voice vote as all the members extended their support cutting across party lines.

 CM Jagadish Shettar in reply to the lengthy discussion held on the issue of release of Cauvery water, had explained the compulsions, which led the government to release water from KRS.

 “It was a painful decision to release water from our dams despite the grim situation in our basin,” he said.

 Thanks to the presence of mind of our lawyers, the state was saved from releasing more water to Tamil Nadu, he added.

 Shettar said the legal experts have prepared a draft review petition, which would be submitted before the apex court appealing against its earlier order.

 Shettar also said that it was not the first time that the state was forced to release water to Tamil Nadu.

 Patil alleged that the state government had betrayed the people of the Cauvery basin.

 JD(S) member Ramakrishna urged the government to announce cash compensation to farmers, who will lose their standing crop.


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