Cauvery river talks: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka CMs fail to break deadlock
Talks between Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Cauvery water sharing row, held at the suggestion of the Supreme Court, on Thursday failed to break the ice with both sides sticking to their known hard positions.
After more than an hour-long meeting, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said she had demanded a “bare minimum” requirement of 30 tmcft of water but Karnataka flatly refused, saying it could not release even a single drop of water.
Expressing the State’s inability, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said there was a distress in the State and it was not in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu.
The meeting at Bangalore came as a follow up to the Supreme Court’s suggestion to both the Chief Ministers to meet and arrive at an amicable solution to the “sensitive” water dispute, dogging both the states for decades.
This was the second time in 15 years that Chief Ministers of the two States had bilateral talks on the water row after 1997 when M. Karunanidhi and J.H. Patel met in Chennai.
“...So, we will go back to Supreme Court tomorrow and inform it about the outcome of today’s meeting,” Ms. Jayalalithaa told reporters.
- Asian Tribune -