(Source: PTI)
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Not In A Position To Release Cauvery Water To Tamil Nadu: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

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  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made it clear that the southern state was "not in a position" to release Cauvery water to neighboring Tamil Nadu
  • His remarks come in the wake of a letter written to him by his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswamy
  • Siddaramaiah was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made it clear that the southern state was "not in a position" to release Cauvery water to neighboring Tamil Nadu, even as he hoped for a "favourable order" on the long-pending dispute next month.

His remarks come in the wake of a letter written to him by his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswamy demanding the immediate release of 7 tmc feet of water to the state as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

"We do not have water. How can we supply to them? It is not possible to release water to Tamil Nadu," the Karnataka chief minister said in response to the letter.

"We expect a favourable order," he said at the hearing of the Cauvery water dispute. Siddaramaiah was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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Last week, the Supreme Court had indicated that it would deliver within a month its verdict on the decades-old water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, saying enough confusion had been created on it for over two decades.

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A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had said that any forum could touch the matter relating to the Cauvery basin only after it gave the verdict in four weeks.

On the Mahadayi river dispute, Siddarmaiah said a meeting would be called to resolve the matter at the earliest. The affected states will also be invited, he said. The dispute over the sharing of water of the Mahadayi or Mandovi river between the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa is over 30 years old.

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