Cauvery talks have failed, will go to SC: Jaya
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa alleged that Karnataka was not willing to release water for Tamil Nadu.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has claimed that the talks on the controversy over the sharing of water from River Cauvery have failed. The AIADMK chief has said that she will again go to the Supreme Court to seek justice.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister alleged that Karnataka was not willing to release water for her state.
Jayalalithaa further said that the ruling by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue was unacceptable to her.
"We are totally disappointed with the meeting with the Prime Minister on Cauvery issue," said Jayalalithaa.
After hearing both sides, the Prime Minister ruled that Karnataka release 9000 cusecs of water each day for 25 days from Thursday to October 15 after the state refused to accept Tamil Nadu's demand for 2 million tmcft water for 24 days or 1 million tmcft for 30 days.
"Karnataka was not agreeable to both these demands and said that it would not release even a drop of water to Tamil Nadu in these circumstances. The bare minimum water sought by Tamil Nadu was also not accepted," Jayalalithaa told reporters after the meeting.
She said Tamil Nadu was "totally disappointed" with the meeting and that the state has no option but to knock at the doors of the Supreme Court to seek justice and to save the standing samba crops.
"Since there was no consensus in the meeting, the Prime Minister as the chair awarded that 9000 cusecs of water be released to Tamil Nadu from September 30 to October 15. This also was not acceptable to Karnataka. I also registered my protest against this ruling," she said.
Jayalalithaa said Karnataka was "adamant" in its stand by maintaining from the beginning of the meeting that it would not release even a drop of water to Tamil Nadu.
She said Tamil Nadu was dependent on water from Karnataka to save crops in 15 lakh acres in the state.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)