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Jaya leaves meeting in huff, vows to take Cauvery row back to SC

Posted on Nov 29, 09:55PM | UNI

Disappointed over Karnataka's flat refusal to release more water to save standing samba crop, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister left today's Chief Ministers meeting in a huff but Karnataka Water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai claimed that she did not 'walk out' of the meeting.

Speaking to reporters after the failed meeting that lasted just 45 minutes, Mr Bommai said Karnataka had offered to hold continued confabulations and find a long-term solution to water sharing during distress and offered to go to Chennai to discuss the matter.

"The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister told us that we can come to Chennai but she would take the Cauvery water dispute back to the Supreme Court," he said.

Mr Bommai disputed Ms Jayalalithaa's claim on the current storage at Mettur Dam and also said that state would continue to get more water as Northeast Monsoon would last for another 45 days to benefit Tamil Nadu while the season has ended in Karnataka.

The claims by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister that only six tmcft of water was now available to feed nearly 1.5 million hectares of standing paddy crops in her state were 'not correct', he claimed.