The Karnataka government has deferred the decision on implementing the Supreme Court’s latest order on releasing water from the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.
Addressing the media late on Wednesday night, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the cabinet had decided to call an immediate joint session of both houses on September 23, and not release water until then.
After deliberating for close to two hours, the Cabinet decided to implement the unanimous decision of the all-party meeting held earlier in the evening. The government will place a formal request before Governor Vajubhai Vala at the earliest.
While the JD(S), especially Siddaramaiah’s one-time mentor HD Deve Gowda and KS Puttannaiah of the KRRS attended the meeting, the BJP decided to boycott the all-party meeting.
The BJP has been demanding a special Assembly session immediately to decide the issue.
“Immediately Assembly session should be called where the issue should be discussed in detail, the decision taken there should be informed to the Supreme Court,” BS Yeddyurappa has said.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, KS Eshwarappa said that the previous all-party meeting had been futile. “They aren’t going to listen to us. They will release the water as per the order. So what is the point? We have individually extended our support to the government. We are ready to resign if the CM decides to resign. We are ready to go to jail too,” he told the media.
Hours before the all-party meeting, the CM met JD (S) leader and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Gowda said he urged the Chief Minister not to release a drop of water to Tamil Nadu. He said that he would taking part in the all-party meeting as it was imported to present as a united front.
Karnataka MLAs and MPs threatened to resign if the government did not take a decision favourable to the farmers in the state.
Following a flurry of meetings through the day amid much drama, the Karnataka government has decided to abide by the latest Supreme Court decision to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Bengaluru City Police have declared dry days between September 22 and 25.