Kumaraswamy convenes all party meet on Cauvery Row

Bengaluru, June 30: Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has convened an all-party meeting in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru to discuss the steps to be taken by the State on the Cauvery issue.

Karnataka is yet to nominate its members for the Cauvery Water Management Authority. The leaders will deliberate on  Cauvery water management board and water distribution.

Earlier, Kumaraswamy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and sought discussion of the formation of Cauvery Water Management Authority in Parliament to address “a couple of technical lacunae” in the Supreme Court order.

Kumaraswamy said that they have to abide by the Supreme Court judgement on the sharing of Cauvery waters with Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The Chief minister said that the state will soon send to the Centre the names of its nominees in the Cauvery Water Management Board (CMB) and the Regulation Authority but it will have to address certain issues first.

Kumaraswamy said , “PM Modi had shown a positive attitude to the suggestions, but hasn’t committed”.

Karnataka has been opposed to the setting up of the Board and prefers a negotiated solution to the vexed water sharing issue.

Kumaraswamy said his state had already released water to Tamil Nadu before it asked and he would have no problem in releasing Tamil Nadu its full share if the monsoon is good.

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