Cauvery Row: Siddaramaiah Chairs All-Party Meet, Gowda Sits on Dharna
File photo of former prime minister Deve Gowda. (Getty Images)
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday chaired an all-party meeting to decide future course of action a day after the Supreme Court issued a warning to Karnataka's politcal leadership for defying its orders to release Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.
This will be followed by a meeting of the State Cabinet meeting later in the evening.
In Bengaluru former prime minister HD Deve Gowda has already begun a day and night hunger strike over the Cauvery issue.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have intervened in the matter. I had hoped he would do something. I had even met him to discuss the issue. I am disappointed," the 83-year-old JD(S) patriarch told CNN-News18.
Gowda expressed shock over the SC order and felt that Karnataka's lead lawyer Fali S Nariman who told the SC that he was relinquishing his brief in the Cauvery, could have at least opposed the constitution of Cauvery Water Management Board.
"I had expected at least this much from Nariman. He did not do that," he said.
On Friday, the Apex court asked Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from Saturday to Thursday . In another setback to the state, the court also asked the Centre to set up a Cauvery Water Management Board.
Dramatic moments were witnessed during the course of proceedings, with Karnataka’s lead lawyer and eminent jurist Fali Nariman saying he was relinquishing his brief since his client had failed to obey the court’s earlier orders.