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Cauvery dispute: Jaya to meet Jagadish Shettar following SC suggestion

New Delhi, Nov 27 (): To discuss on the issue of Cauvery water dispute, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is expected to visit Bangalore on Thursday to meet Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar.

This comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s suggestion in which it requested the chief ministers of both the states to meet and resolve the Cauvery dispute after discussing with each other. On a petition filed by Tamil Nadu, the court was hearing the petition which demanded the release of water from the Cauvery river according to a distress sharing formula.

In the interests of farmers,  both the chief ministers should arrange for a meeting and try to find out the best possible way to the Cauvery dispute, observed the court. The bench headed by Justices D.K. Jain and Madan B. Lokur offered the proposal to the counsels appearing on behalf of  both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu requested the Supreme Court to give a direction to Karnataka to release 52.8 tmcft of water until Feb 2013 so that it can save the crops grown on 15 lakh acres and also expected the court to make a suitable definition on the ‘season’ to confirm that sufficient water is released from the reservoir in order to save the interest of the farmers.

While Mr. Vaidyanathan, counsel for Tamil Nadu was arguing on the issue, Justice Jain stated, “This cannot continue for long. It will be better if both the CMs sit together and have a discussion to find an amicable solution.”

The court also suggested both the CMs to meet in a friendly manner without any sort of hesitation in the larger interest of the farmers. If any one side shows inflexible behaviour, then it can create a problem in finding an amicable solution,observed the court.

The court asked the CMs to find a solution by approaching a ‘give and take ‘policy. “The meeting between the CMs should not be for a cup of coffee but to sort out the problem, “said the court. The case has been adjourned for hearing on Friday.

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