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Karnataka’s delegation to discuss Cauvery dispute with PM

Cauvery Dispute
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Bengaluru: A delegation consisting of members from various political parties in Karnataka, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is preparing to hold talks with the Prime Minister. The objective of this meeting is to discuss the Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu and expedite pending projects. While the exact date of the meeting is yet to be determined, it is anticipated to occur after the Prime Minister concludes his trip to South Africa for the BRICS summit.

Recently, the Karnataka government convened a comprehensive meeting involving representatives from all political parties to discuss concerns related to the release of Cauvery water. During this gathering, participants agreed to focus on devising a formula for equitable water sharing during times of distress and to execute the Mekedatu project. The Mekedatu initiative aims to tackle challenges arising from inadequate rainfall situations.

Due to a significant rainfall deficit of 42 percent in comparison to the previous year, Karnataka is grappling with severe water shortages. This predicament has led to the dispute over the allocation of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

In preparation for a scheduled legal battle at the Supreme Court on Friday concerning the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the government sought cooperation from opposition parties.

The strategy for the impending hearing before a three-judge bench on Friday centers around presenting accurate facts and information. The opposition has advised the government to strongly present their case and persuade the court to temporarily halt the release of water to Tamil Nadu.

Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai highlighted that the government had previously cautioned about the challenges related to the water crisis. He emphasized the importance of passionately advocating the government’s stance in the Supreme Court using concrete data and statistics.

Furthermore, he expressed his endorsement for the government’s position in the Cauvery water dispute, underscoring the necessity to refrain from further water release.

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