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Jagadish Shettar meets SM Krishna over Cauvery water dispute

Bangalore, Oct 8 (): After strong protest by Karnataka leaders for not objecting the CRA decision to release 9,000 cusecs of water to the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday had a meeting with Union minister SM Krishna in the capital city to find a possible solution on the contentious water dispute between both the states.

Following the hunger-strike by the farmers of the Mandya district that continued on Monday, the state BJP leaders have also decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to request him to review his decision.

It is believed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today has called for a meeting of political leaders from Karnataka in order to discuss and find an amicable solution on the controversial water dispute between both the states.

Earlier the government of Tamil Nadu made a demand of 24,000 cusecs of water that was rejected by the Supreme Court which requested the Karnataka state to release 10,000 cusecs. However the CRA made a final decision after taking note of both the states and gave a direction last month to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from Sep 20 to Oct 15.

After violence broke out following the release of water from the Cauvery reservoir, a Central team has been sent to Karnataka who is already checking the water level in the said reservoir and to study the situation of the existing crops which will help the monitoring committee to take a decision on the ongoing issue.

The farmers in Mandya and Mysore districts took a huge protest today by raising slogans against the ruling Congress government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. They even set fire to an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Sources said that Karnataka is looking forward to seek a stay or alteration of the September 28 order of the CRA, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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