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Cauvery row: Karnataka calm as state cabinet discusses SC order

CauveryWaterDispute Updated: Sep 21, 2016 12:37 IST
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Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stand guard at Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border near Attibele in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Most parts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru, remained calm on Wednesday ahead of an all-party and cabinet meeting to be chaired by chief minister Siddaramaiah to take a call on the Supreme Court order to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

As he faced a fresh challenge on the raging Cauvery row at a time when protests were abating, Siddaramaiah said that Karnataka does not have the water and it would be difficult to implement the SC order. It is an “unimplementable order”, he said.

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had on Monday asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs every day from September 21 to 30 but on Tuesday, the apex court doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs till September 27 after Tamil Nadu said it needs water to save its samba paddy crop.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has, however, decided to boycott the all-party meeting accusing the state government of not representing the facts properly before the court.

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday that the SC’s order was unfortunate and accused the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of not taking up the issue properly.

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“We are not happy. We never expected such a verdict from the Supreme Court,” he said, asking the government not to abide by the order.

Home minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday said that the government was still waiting for the final copy of the top court’s order and that a decision would be taken about the future course of action following the cabinet meet.

Farmers in Mandya district held protests against the fresh SC order and have asked the government not to release water.

In Bengaluru, additional security personnel have been deployed and prohibitory order under section 144 has been imposed as a preventive measure till September 25.

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