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Karnataka: CM Siddaramaiah, Deputy Shivakumar to hold key meet on Cauvery water issue

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar will meet Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to discuss the Cauvery issue.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: September 13, 2023 15:26 IST
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
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Karnataka: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Deputy CM and Irrigation Minister DK Shivakumar, other ministers and leaders will meet today to decide the next course of action on the Cauvery water issue as the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) ordered to release 5,000 cusecs of water for 15 more days.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar will also meet the Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat with regards to this matter.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD-S Leader HD Kumaraswamy, who was also invited in the meeting led by CM Siddaramaiah, will not attend the all-party meeting.

Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, ministers of the Cauvery basin region, former chief ministers of all parties, senior ministers of the state cabinet, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members will participate in the emergency meeting.

"The special emergency meeting will be held on 13-9-2023 at 12:30 PM at Vidhana Soudha's conference hall," the Chief Minister's office said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Siddaramaiah held an emergency meeting regarding the next steps to be taken in view of the CWRC's recommendation.

Shivakumar, several senior ministers and officials including Chief Secretary, and Chief Minister's Legal Advisor Ponnanna participated in the meeting.

After CWRC recommendation came out, Shivakumar said that the state is in no position to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, as it doesn't have enough water storage, due to lack of adequate rainfall in the river basin region.

He said, the matter is next going to come before the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), most probably by Wednesday, and Karnataka will vehemently put forward its stand before it.

With inputs from PTI

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