Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar meet Shekhawat over Cauvery dispute

New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Thursday met Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in resolving Cauvery water dispute by convening a meeting involving four states.

The meeting was held in the presence of BJP MPs from Karnataka, including union ministers Bhagwant Khuba, Shobha Karandlaje, and A Narayanswamy, as well as state Congress ministers.

During the meeting, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar informed the union minister about Karnataka’s inability to comply with the Cauvery Water Management Authority’s order to release 5,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu until September 28 due to drought-like situation.

The four states that are at loggerhead on Cauvery issue are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the application filed by Tamil Nadu government, asking the Karnataka government to release 7,200 cusecs of water instead of 5,000.

The CWMA had ordered Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily till September 28. This was opposed by Karnataka, arguing that it would not be possible for them to release 5,000 cusecs of water due to prevalence of drought in some parts of the state.

Tamil Nadu government submitted before the apex court, complaining of Karnataka violating the CWMA’s order. However, Karnataka dismissed Tamil Nadu’s allegations.

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