The Supreme Court will review Karnataka's petition on Cauvery water sharing on Friday, October 12, after Karnataka on Monday sought a deferment.
Intense protest are underway in Karnataka against the release of Cauvery river water to neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Karnataka observed a state-wide bandh on Sunday.
BJP MPs M Venkaiah Naidu, Prahlad Joshi, Basavraj Patil, Prabhakar Kore, BY Raghvendra, and GS Basavaraj had meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday. Talking to reporters after the meeting, party MP Ananth Kumar said, "We urged the Prime Minister that he should review his decision and give a stay order forthwith for giving any more water from today itself."
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of State for Railways KH Munniyappa along with Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal also meet Prime Minister on Monday at his South Block office for a hour. "We requested him to resolve the problem at the earliest... based on the report of the expert committee... He has to take a considered decision... The situation is very grim. That is why we have asked the Prime Minister to resolve the situation," Kharge tells reporters after the meeting.
Karnataka has been releasing water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams to ensure flow of 9,000 cusecs [Cusec is a measure of flow rate and is informal shorthand for cubic feet per second (1 cusecs = 28.317 litres per second)] of water to the neighbouring state since September 30.
As per the Supreme Court order, Karnataka has to release water from Cauvery to its neighbouring state daily till Oct 15.
The Supreme Court order has not been taken lightly by the people of the state. Vehicular movements and train services between Bangalore and Mysore have been disrupted due to protests in Karnataka over Cauvery issue.
The BJP government in Karnataka has come under severe criticism for agreeing to release water.
The state government had earlier moved the apex court seeking a stay on the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) order to release 9,000 cusecs of water to TN daily.
The CRA is chaired by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.