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Meet and solve Cauvery dispute: SC to Jaya, Shettar

Posted on Nov 26, 09:18PM | IANS

The Supreme Court Monday asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar to meet and find an amicable solution to the Cauvery river water dispute.

A bench of Justice D.K. Jain and Justice Madan B. Lokur said both the chief ministers should give top priority to the interests of farmers in both the states while finding an amicable solution.

"This can't go on forever. Why don't the two chief ministers sit together and give it a try. It is not impossible," the court said.

"If any one of them (two chief minister) blinks, there might be a problem," the court observed saying: "We want you (the chief ministers) to meet in a congenial atmosphere and discuss in larger interest of the farmers of both the states."

As the court gave the suggestion for the two chief ministers to meet, senior counsel C.S Vaidyanathan appearing for Tamil Nadu told the court that he needed instruction from the state government.

However, senior counsel Fali Nariman appearing for Karnataka told the court that Shettar would meet his counterpart in Tamil Nadu and that was no need for him to take instructions.

The court's suggestion came in the course of the hearing of Tamil Nadu's petition seeking direction to Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water every day for 15 days as directed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who presided over the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority Sep 19.

The Cauvery River Authority comprises all the basin states - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, besides the union territory of Puducherry.