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Karnataka disobeys SC order, stops release of water to TN

Bangalore, Dec 11 (): Creating uproar in the assembly after members of the state Congress party staged a Dharna against the Cauvery water release; Karnataka government filed a review petition on the recent direction of the Supreme Court and also challenged the order of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee in connection with the Cauvery water release.

 Karnataka has also stopped releasing water to Tamil Nadu since Sunday evening, said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar in the assembly.

“Water flowing from the Cauvery reservoir has been stopped due to the members creating uproar in the house staging dharnas against the water release.”

 Obeying the order of the Supreme Court, Karnataka released 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from Dec 6. The next day it was directed by the CMC to release 12 TMC of water to the neighbouring state till Dec end.

As the opposition members created disorder over the issue chief minister Jadaish Shettar requested them to withdraw the dharna and also assured the members that the state government is taking all possible steps to solve the issue and safeguard the interests of the farmers.

 The CMC asking the state to release 12 TMC is not at all fair and is a great discrimination to Karnataka, said Mr Shettar. As the state does not want legal problems to emerge, it went according to the direction of the Supreme Court and released water, said the chief minister.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticized the BJP government in Karnataka for obeying the order of the Supreme Court and not protecting the farmer’s interest. “Karnataka should make clear that it cannot obey the CMC and will not release any more water to Tamil Nadu till the next monsoon session,” said Siddaramaiah.

 Even after Mr. Vaidyanathan counsel for TN requested the Bench to direct Karnataka to release 12 TMC of water according to the direction of the CMC, the bench refused to pass any further order following inflexible resistance from Karnataka.