Bengaluru, Oct 2: The Karnataka cabinet has decided not to release water to Tamil Nadu. The decision was taken after an all party meeting which took a similar decision. Chief Minster of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah informed the media that the state had taken a decision to file a review petition in the Supreme Court.
The CM said that a special session of the Karnataka legislative assembly will be convened on Monday over this issue. He said that the order of the SC which directed release of water to TN was defective and hence a review would be sought. The CM said the House would take a call on the release of water to TN.
The CM also said that the state had not defied the order of the Supreme Court. It cannot amount to wilful disobedience he also said. He further said that the house had passed a resolution and they were bound by it.
Earlier, the CM convened an all party meeting. At the all party meeting the government was backed for its decision not to release water to Tamil Nadu. The BJP and the JD(S) told the Congress ruled Karnataka government that water should not be released to Tamil Nadu.
The parties told the government that it should not go back on its decision of not releasing water. Further it was also stated that the government should not against the resolution of the legislature. The legislature had resolved to release Cauvery Water only for drinking water purposes.
The all party meet was called after the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu between October 1 and 6. The court had also ordered the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board by 4th.
The Supreme Court while directing Karnataka to release water had warned that the state is inviting the wrath of the law by not complying with its orders.
Meanwhile former Prime Minister of India, H D Deve Gowda has called off his strike. Gowda had gone on an indefinite hunger strike this morning. After the all party meeting several leaders had met with Gowda and urged him to call off his hunger strike.