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CM Kumaraswamy calls for meeting over Cauvery issue

By Deepika
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    Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday called for a meeting over Cauvery water issue.

    H D Kumaraswamy

    On advice of his father and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy has decided to bring out a document detailing the entire history of the Cauvery issue, spanning over 100 odd years.

    The document will be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Parliamentarians of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu when it is readied.

    Kumaraswamy on Saturday accused the Centre of having taken a 'unilateral decison' in forming the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC), hurting the state's interests.

    "We had given certain suggestions about the formation of the panel, but the Centre took a unilateral decision", he told reporters in Bengaluru.

    Karnataka has not nominated its representative to the committee, which has members from other riparian states --Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

    "The interests of the state have been hurt with the formation of the panel. Our (state's) rights have been taken away," Kumaraswamy said.

    After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi on June 18, Kumaraswamy had said that he had raised certain "technical objections" relating to the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) and CWRC.

    In a June 1 gazette notification, the Water Resources Ministry said it has framed a scheme constituting the CWMA and CWRC to give effect to the decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal as modified by the Supreme Court order.

    Karnataka has been opposing any move to form CWMA and had instead suggested formation of Cauvery Decision Implementation Committee.

    Kumaraswamy had also written to Modi, seeking redressal of issues related to cropping pattern before operating the CWMA and CWRC.

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