With the Cauvery Waters verdict round the corner, the atmosphere is tense in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The verdict is expected to be delivered before the end of this month by the Supreme Court of India.
In Karnataka the verdict is being watched very closely as the polls are round the corner. An unfavourable verdict would put the Congress in Karnataka in a spot of bother as it relies heavily on the votes in the Cauvery belt.
Recently Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E Palanisami had sought for a meeting with his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah. With the DMK launching an attack on the ruling AIADMK, this meeting for Palanisami had become important.
However Siddaramaiah has not met with Palanisami as yet. He said that he was pre-occupied with the Karnataka state budget which is slated to be presented on February 16 2018.
Karnataka's water resources minister, M B Patil had told reporters that Karnataka is in no position to release any water to Tamil Nadu. He said that TN had already received 113 TMC feet so far which is more than the stipulated amount under the distress formula.
On the meeting between the two CMs, Congress spokesperson and one of the advocates on the Cauvery panel in the Supreme Court, Brijesh Kalappa said that no meeting would take place before the verdict. We are expecting 470 tmcft of water for Karnataka in the final award as against the 270 tmcft given by the tribunal, Kalappa also said.