The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday filed a contempt of court petition against the Karnataka government in the Supreme Court for stopping the release of Cauvery river water from its reservoir to the neighbouring state.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday took the decision to file a contempt petition against Karnataka during a crucial meeting to review the situation.
"In order to ensure that Tamil Nadu gets its due share of water, the Chief Minister has directed to file a contempt petition against Karntaka government which has unilaterally stopped releasing water, amounting to dishonouring the Supreme Court verdict," read an official release.
Karnataka cited depleted storage and stopped release of Cauvery river water from the Krishna Raja Sagar dam on Monday.
Meanwhile, mounting pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition government, key ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has called for the imposition of President's rule in Karnataka over the Cauvery water dispute.
Slamming the Karnataka government for "stopping" release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the DMK on Tuesday demanded imposition of Central rule in the neighbouring state so as to "teach a lesson to stone- hearted" regimes on inter-state issues.
"All I request the Prime Minister is, (he) should come to a conclusion on using Article 356 (relating to President´s rule) against Karnataka to ensure that the people of both the states uphold integrity and sovereignty in a spirit of brotherhood," DMK president M Karunanidhi said in a statement.
His plea was not motivated by any grudge against those in Karnataka but made "with tears to ensure that grain fields in the state do not turn into graveyards" besides "teaching a lesson to stone-hearted states like Karnataka", Karunanidhi added.
The move, seen largely as a bid by the DMK to gain political mileage in Tamil Nadu following a crushing defeat in state elections last year, is expected to escalate the troubles of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition at the Centre.
The Supreme Court on Sept 28 slammed Karnataka government for ignoring the PM´s orders to release water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.
Last month, the CRA, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily from Sept 20 to Oct 15, but it was ignored by the state.
Karnataka started releasing water since Sept 29.