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Published: Thu, September 29, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

BJP to support Siddaramaiah on Cauvery water sharing: Yeddyurappa

BJP to support Siddaramaiah on Cauvery water sharing: Yeddyurappa

"The Honourable Chief Minister discussed the issues to be taken up by Tamil Nadu at the meeting in detail", stated the release.

"We have placed our suggestion before the government to honour the resolution passed in the special legislature session", Shettar said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Attorney General or the Central Government to facilitate a meeting between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery water issue.

The CM said while he can not gauge the outcome of Thursday's meeting, the government may once again convene a special legislature session or call for an all-party meeting after the Centre's meeting.

"We have deferred decision on release till tomorrow. Tamil Nadu had alleged that its neighbour should not be heard till it complied with directives of the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT)".

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti will preside over the meeting - called on the Supreme Court's advice on Tuesday - in which state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with his Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil and top officials will participate.

While Karnataka will be represented by Siddaramaiah, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa has deputed her PWD minister K Palaniswami.

However, he hastened to add that the government was not in favour of "going against" the supreme court directions, but it also has to abide by the resolution passed in the Legislature. We don't want to disrespect the judicial order, but since we have no water this is a resolution taken by us in legislature. It is a priority according to to our water policy also. "Let us see what will come out".

On September 20, the apex court had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day till September 27.

On the Inter-State Council's initiative in 2007-08 to explore solutions, Siddaramaiah said that regular meetings could have smoothened some problems that the states have repeatedly faced. We requested the Supreme Court accordingly, but unfortunately, the apex court directed us to release 18,000 cusecs of water in the next three days (till Friday).

Jayachandra, however, did not reveal what Opposition leaders said at the all-party meet, which was attended by MPs, legislators, district-in-charges of regions in the Cauvery basin and floor leaders of both Houses of the state.

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