Cauvery water row: Jayalalithaa, Shettar to meet today
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar will meet here today on the Cauvery water sharing row.
The scheduled meeting between the two chief ministers comes after the Supreme Court asked both of them to meet and arrive at an amicable solution to the ''sensitive'' water dispute.
An apex court bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan B Lokur earlier on Monday said said ''why the two Chief Ministers can't sit together? Give it a try, it is not impossible. We want you to meet in a congenial manner and discuss the issue in the larger interest of farmers from both states''.
The apex court said that it is not possible for the Cauvery River Authority headed by the Prime Minister to meet, so the state governments should meet to find a solution.
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 on September 19.
The Cauvery River Authority comprises all the basin states - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, besides the union territory of Puducherry.