EPS contested that being the lower riparian state, TN had “more rights” to Cauvery’s waters than Karnataka.

EPS vows to get TN its rightful share of Cauvery water to consult legal experts
news Politics Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:01

Following the Supreme Court’s verdict on Friday, which reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tic ft, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami swore to take all necessary steps to get the state its rightful share of water.

The CM, in a statement, said that he would consult with legal experts in the matter, according to a report by The Hindu.

EPS even rubbished DMK working president MK Stalin’s allegations that the ruling AIADMK, with its carelessness, lost all the rights that DMK leader and ex-CM Karunanidhi had achieved for the state in the Cauvery matter.

He said that all the decisions in the past that worked in the state’s favour were the result of the AIADMK government’s efforts.

Further, EPS stated that the DMK leaders were intentionally not focusing on the many favourable points in the verdict with an intention to discredit the AIADMK government.

The CM stated that it was only during the late CM Jayalalitha’s rule that strong efforts were made to ensure the rights of the state, the Hindu report says.

Tamil Nadu reacted with shock and disappointment after Friday’s verdict which reduced the water allocation to the state.

EPS also contested that being the lower riparian state, TN also had “more rights” to Cauvery’s waters than Karnataka.

DMK’s working president Stalin demanded that the AIADMK leaders set up an all party meeting with farmers to discuss what steps are to be taken post the judgement.

“Tamil Nadu has been cheated,” Stalin said.

DMK leader Duraimurugan demanded that the ruling party accept responsibility and resign.

Actor turned politicians Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan too reacted to the verdict saying that it was indeed disappointing that the top court reduced TN’s share of water.