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Shettar holds parleys with oppn leaders on Cauvery issue

Posted on Dec 06, 08:20PM | UNI

Faced with the tricky situation following Supreme Court ordering release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today held a meeting with floor leaders of the opposition Congress and Janata Dal(S).

Sources said the opposition assured full cooperation in safeguarding the interests of the state and will not allow the farmers to be affected in the backdrop of depleting water levels in the Cauvery reservoirs following a deficit monsoon.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Copposition leader in Legislative Council S R Patil said when it comes to question of land and water, the Congress will stand by the government and provide full support to its efforts of safeguarding the interests of the people.

Janata Dal (s) floor leader in Assembly H D Revanna said the farmers in the Cauvery basin were facing a grave situation as there was shortage of water in the reservoirs.

Standing crop in about five lakh acres has reached the budding stage and the farmers will need continuous water flow for 20 days from now on.

"We are also facing shortage of drinking water to be supplied to urban areas and villages in the area. Now we will have to impress upon Cauvery River Authority, Cauvery Monitoring Committee and also appeal to the Supreme Court over the ground realities. The Union government should intervene at this juncture and come to Karnataka's rescue," Mr Revanna said.

He said Karnataka was not against the interests of Tamil Nadu farmers nor refuse to follow the Supreme Court order.

"Under the present circumstances, we have informed the chief minister about the ground reality and asked him to take a suitable course of action," he added.

The meeting was attended by Mr Shettar, Mr Patil, Mr Revanna, leader of opposition in Assembly Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, Law and Parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar and others.