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SC direction on cauvery water release rocks Karnataka Assembly

Posted on Dec 05, 09:44PM | UNI

The Supreme Court order directing Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from today till Sunday led to a heated debate in the Assembly with members cutting across party line demanding the government to 'reject' the order.

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah raised the issue soon after the news about the apex court order broke out and this led to a long debate with every member urging the government not to release water to Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court today ordered Karnataka government to release 10,000 cusecs of water till Sunday, called for a CWC meeting on Friday and said it would take up the matter on Monday after these deliberations.

However, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar informed the house that the government was yet to get the order. He said the government would discuss the issue with legal experts and take leaders of political parties into confidence before taking a decision.

'We will not hurry with our decision and it will be taken after a detailed discussion with legal experts and all party leaders and farmers are taken into confidence. Karnataka has put across its case strongly before the Supreme Court about the availability of water this year, which was affected by less rains and drought, and also the state's requirements till the next monsoon,' he said.