Opposition to CMB is contempt of court, AIADMK said.

AIADMK slams Modi govt on Cauvery Board Be fair dont play politicsImage: CR Saraswathi, screenshot/ Youtube
news Cauvery Dispute Monday, October 03, 2016 - 15:07

The AIADMK slammed the Centre for opposing the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB), calling the move an election gimmick.

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi said that BJP at the Centre was opposing the formation of the board in order to win assembly elections in Karnataka due in 2018.

This comes hours after the Narendra Modi government sought a modification from the apex court on its orders to form the CMB. In its submission before the SC, the centre said that it was the Parliament’s prerogative to decide on the formation of the board.

“There is no solution for Cauvery issue without the CMB,” she said, adding that the Congress and the BJP are uniting against Tamil Nadu with an eye on the Karnataka elections.

Urging the centre to act fairly and not bring politics into the issue, she said, “Opposition to CMB is contempt of court.”

The Centre told the Supreme Court that the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board was only a recommendation of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal and not binding on the government.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submission before the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit while mentioning the Centre's application for modification of the apex court's September 30 order that directed the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

The Centre’s revised response came after Karnataka moved a review petition in the Supreme Court on Saturday, challenging the court’s authority to pass orders to release water and form the board in “violation” of the National Water Policy of 2012.

The NWP prioritises Karnataka’s drinking water needs over Tamil Nadu’s needs of irrigation, the review petition argued.

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