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Oppn walks out of Council over 'vague' reply on Cauvery issue

Posted on Dec 07, 02:48PM | UNI

The entire opposition, including Congress and Janata Dal(S), today trooped into the well of the Legislative Council to protest against what they called a 'disappointing' reply given by Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar who indicated that the government had limited options following Supreme Court order.

The apex court had ordered Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs for five days till December 9 after the talks between the Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu initiated by the court failed in Bangalore last week.

"The vague reply given by the government is disappointing.

It is not firm on its stand whether it wants to release the water. Our agitation will strengthen the government.

The matter is the question of life and death of the farmers of the Cauvery basin in Karnataka," opposition leader S R Patil said before the opposition walked out.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had made the statement first in the Assembly, saying he would lead a parliamentarian's delegation belonging to Cauvery basin in the state and meet Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh and Union Water Resources Minister in Delhi tomorrow to appraise the ground situation and water availability in the reservoirs.

Opposition leader in Assembly Siddaramaiah had also slammed the government over the unclear reply and demanded Mr Shettar come out with a definite statement on the Cauvery issue.