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Cauvery row: TN farmers threaten hunger strike in front of PM Modi’s house

Going against the SC order to release 6,000 cusecs Of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says the Cabinet has decided to defer the SC order on releasing water since there is severe water crisis in the state
File Pix : Cauvery water

” We will do hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister’s house taking all the parties from Tamil Nadu if we do not get  Cauvery water,” said farmers’ association leader TR Pandyan from the delta region of Tamil Nadu. The region is highly dependent on Cauvery water.

“The Central Government should intervene in the issue and Cauvery Management Board has to be constituted immediately as per the Supreme Court (SC) rule. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come out from silence and speak out in this regard,” he said.

The SC has given direction to Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs Of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days from Wednesday. On the same day, after a late-night cabinet meet, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah made a statement that the Cabinet has decided to defer SC order on releasing water since there is severe water crisis in the state.

Siddaramaiah called an all-party meeting. Boycotting the meeting, the BJP has demanded a special session of the state legislature.

The Chief Minister met former Prime Minister and Janata Dal(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, and former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader SM Krishna in this regard.

The cabinet decided to hold a special session of Karnataka assembly on September 23.

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