Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi on Monday said the state governments in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka should deal with the issue of sharing of waters from Cauvery river with adequate care and ensure that the 'prevailing feeling of bitterness' over the matter does not turn into 'enmity'.
Karunanidhi made the comments at a time when some violent incidents were reported on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border over the issue.
"The ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in Karnataka and the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) in Tamil Nadu should not give any room for the prevailing feeling of bitterness among people of both states over the Cauvery water issue turn into enmity," said Karunanidhi.
"Both states should handle the issue with adequate care in order to maintain law and order and also help Tamil people living in Karnataka and people of Karnataka in Tamil Nadu live without any hurdles," he said.
The meeting between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore to discuss the long-standing Cauvery water dispute failed last Thursday.