A day after around 50 lawmakers of Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK party marched to the Prime Minister’s Office, the party on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery water sharing issue. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) credited Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for the pro-Tamil Nadu order.
The delegation of AIADMK parliamentary members had on Tuesday submitted a memorandum seeking constitution of the Cauvery Management Board to ensure implementation of the final award on sharing of the river water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala.
Hailing Jayalalithaa, AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy said Karnataka agreeing to share water with Tamil Nadu should be seen as a big win for the chief minister.
“We are happy that Karnataka has finally agreed to give some water to Tamil Nadu. Finally, they agreed to the Supreme Court. But I would like to say that the credit goes to our chief minister Amma. Whatever she does is for the people. And, she successfully does everything. All her initiatives in this regard have succeeded. We also thank the Supreme Court of India for giving this verdict,” said Saraswathy.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Karnataka government to release 2,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu from October 7 to 18.
According to media reports, the apex court also asked the Karnataka how much Cauvery river water it can share with the downstream state in this period.
In the past few days, Tamil Nadu has pressed for Cauvery water to save its paddy crop. However, Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka government protest against the SC decision citing monsoon failure and depleted reservoirs.
Karnataka counsel Fali Nariman stated that by October 6, Karnataka would have released an aggregate quantity of 36,000 cusecs to its neighbouring state.
The Karnataka Assembly, in its special session on Monday, passed the resolution and argued that due to the increase of water in the four reservoirs of the basin from 27.6 tmc to 34.13 tmc, it had decided to use the water not only for drinking but farming purposes as well.
The apex court had on September 30 directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 till October 6 and asked the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) to visit both states and file a report on the “ground realities” by October 6.