TN assembly passes resolution to Cauvery water

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu assembly on March 15 unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the Center set up a Cauvery water management board and a Cauvery water regulation committee within six weeks as ordered by the Supreme Court on February 16.
The main opposition, DMK, said the legislators of TN assembly should resign en masse– and DMK was ready to resign – in the event of the Center failing to set up the regulatory mechanisms within six weeks to release the Cauvery water from Karnataka reservoirs.
The resolution was adopted at a special sitting in the afternoon during the budget session that began in the morning.
“The House urges the Centre to constitute the board and committee vested with all powers as per the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the judgment of the Supreme Court within six weeks as directed by the court to effectively implement the final award,” the resolution said.
The resolution was moved by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. It was endorsed by the DMK and its allies – the Congress and the IUML. DMK working president and opposition leader, M K Stalin said that it was not the time to blame each other as the affected were farmers and people of Tamil Nadu. “Karnataka has never released the quantum as prescribed in the interim nor final award of the tribunal. Despite the order by the highest court in this country, the state did not release water. It remained firm in not meeting the rightful demands of the Tamil Nadu farmers and violated the rule of law,” Stalin said.

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