Uma Bharti held meeting on Cauvery water crisis dispute inconclusive

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New Delhi,Sep 29 : The meeting held by Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Thursday  was inconclusive.

Speaking to news agency PTI on Wednesday, CM Siddaramaiah said, “I will attend the meeting and put forward our case. Let us see what will come out of the meeting.”

“There was a request from Karnataka government to our ministry to form an expert committee to take (into) view the availability of water,” she said. “I really appreciate that both the states are trying to find some solution. We have noted their views which will be sent to the Supreme Court,” she added.

She added that if tensions kept rising at the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, she was willing to “even sit on an indefinite hunger strike there.”
Thursday’s meeting was attended by Karnataka CM Siddaramiah  and a representative of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. It had been called by the apex court, which has said Karnataka’s failure to comply with its order to share Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu violated the spirit of inter-state cooperation.

The Siddaramaiah-led government in Karnataka has delayed the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the second time this week. The Supreme Court had ordered the state to release 6000 cusecs of water for three days, starting Wednesday.

As Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa is having a treatment in a hospital in Chennai, she has nominated PWD Minister Edappadi S Palanisamy and a team of officials to represent the state in the meeting.

DMK has raised objections saying that instead of Umar Bharti, the meeting should be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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