AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, on Tuesday, charged the DMK government in Tamil Nadu with "betraying" farmers by not asking Karnataka to implement the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) verdict for release of water.
"As per CWDT's final verdict, Karnataka has to release 192 TMC of water annually to Tamil Nadu. In July, they have to release 34 TMC to benefit farmers harvesting kuruvai crop. But till now they have not released it," Jayalalithaa said in a statement.
She said various reports indicated that farmers in the state had not been able to harvest kuruvai crop due to unavailability of water in the last two years.
"Usually farmers harvest kuruvai in 3 lakh hectares. However, this year they could harvest only in 53,000 hectares. In the delta area, the farmers had harvested only in 14,000 hectares," the AIADMK general secretary claimed.
If the state government continues to remain silent, Karnataka would claim that Tamil Nadu has not requested water for long, she said, adding it would also lead to a situation where the state would lose its rights over the issue. She further claimed that power cuts were another reason for the farmers to harvest less kuruvai crop.