Cauvery row: Edappadi K. Palaniswami-led team to meet Narendra Modi

Cauvery river | Express File

It is for the first time since 2007 that a chief minister convened an all-party meeting, indicating a joint effort to secure the interests of farmers in the Cauvery delta that comprises six districts.

Speaking at an all-party meeting held at the Secretariat to discuss measures to secure Tamil Nadu's rights over the Cauvery waters, Palaniswami said the issue is "part of every person in the state".

The Supreme Court had on 16 February directed the Karnataka government to release 177.25 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, reducing the quantum specified by the tribunal in 2007. He said the government should form a Water Security Board to oversee saving of the Cauvery river water and its prudent use.

He added that suggestions tabled in the meeting would be referred to "legal experts before initiating appropriate action".

Coimbatore: Denying allegations that the BJP-led Government was not taking steps to constitute the Cauvery Management Board, in view of the Assembly elections in Karnataka, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala today said the Central Government had no such intention to side with one State, eyeing the Assembly polls. "We should not give any room for that".

They claimed that the association wanted to have a peaceful meeting with Palaniswami over the issue, but they were not allowed to meet him.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had put forth two demands before the government following the demonstrations by the association of Cauvery Delta Farmers earlier in the day.

All political parties and farmers' representatives extended support to the state government in establishing the rights of Tamil Nadu in the dispute.



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