Yeddyurappa demands PM's intervention on Cauvery river dispute

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 05, 2012 11:28 hrs

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene over the ongoing protests against the sharing of the waters of the River Cauvery with Tamil Nadu.

Yeddyurappa, who alongwith his loyalists staged a sit-in protest here, said: "Now, I request the Prime Minister to take details from the expert committee, and before evening,. please take a decision- you have given orders to release 9,000 cusec of water when there is no water for our own people."

"There is no water for drinking purpose, how can we release water? So, I request the Prime Minister to please intervene in the matter," he added.

Yeddyurappa asked the union ministers hailing from the state to show active participation in communicating the state's displeasure with the court directive.

"I will demand our central ministers to take interest and explain proper situation to the Prime Minister, or resign immediately. It will not serve the purpose if, despite being the representative of Karnataka, if they don't come to our rescue, what is the use of them continuing as central ministers on behalf of Karnataka," he said.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed the Karnataka Government to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu to comply with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh-headed Cauvery River Authority (CRA).

An apex court bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan Lokur warned Karnataka that if it failed to comply with the CRA directive, it (the bench) will have to pass appropriate orders.

"This is the order passed by the CRA, headed by the Prime Minister. You don"t want to comply with it. We are very sorry for the kind of respect you have for the highest authority. You comply with the directive or we will pass the order," the apex bench told the counsel appearing for the Karnataka Government.

The apex court then directed the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water under the distress sharing formula from September 20 to October 15 and sought its reply within a week.

Senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan, who appeared for Tamil Nadu, earlier urged the apex court to direct the Union Government under Article 355 of the Constitution to protect the state"s interest.

Under Article 355, it is the duty of the Union Government to protect states against external aggression, internal disturbances and to ensure that the governance of the state is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

The apex court was hearing an application by Tamil Nadu to direct Karnataka to release 2-tmc ft of water daily for 24 days till the onset of the northeast monsoon.

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