Bengaluru: On Friday, Legislative Council of Karnataka passed a unanimous resolution to only release water for the purpose of meeting basic concerns of Bengaluru and for the towns and villages that fall under the Cauvery basin. MLC S Ravi from the ruling Congress Party, moved the resolution and was adopted soon after with the party sticking to its stance of not releasing any water for Tamil Nadu, without naming the neighbor.
While passing the resolution, the council said that the resolution is unanimously passed after carefully considering the needs of the people of Karnataka state. If water in the four reservoirs is in any way reduced, other than for meeting the drinking water requirements of people in the Cauvery basin including the entire city of Bangalore.
Opposition parties, including the BJP said that they supported the resolution and the decision of ruling Congress party and would support the government during the crisis.
A BJP leader – Eshwarappa said that it is unfortunate that the state has to pass a resolution to safeguard our own water. The Supreme Court has not understood the facts of the situation and hence passed orders to release the water of Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu. But the BJP fully supports the resolution which moved by the MLC S Ravi from ruling Congress Party.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in Delhi on Thursday, after a day when the cabinet decided to deny the release of water and convene the legislature session amid escalating row between the two states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
On 19th September, The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs water per day from 21st September to 30th September, but on the next day, on 20th September, Supreme Court had doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs water from 21st September to 27th September after Tamil Nadu pressed for water to save its samba paddy crop.
It had also directed the Central Government to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board as directed by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its award.
On Thursday, the Opposition party DMK in Tamil Nadu, urged the state government to follow suit and discuss the next course of action over the water sharing.