Political parties in Karnataka united in fight for Cauvery River waters

Bengaluru (Karnataka), June 7 (ANI): Political parties in Karnataka have vowed to stay united in their fight to ensure their state gets its fair share of the Cauvery River waters.

A decision to this effect was takenat an all party meeting on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by top leaders of the Congress party, the Janata Dal-Secular (JDS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP).

Interacting with the reporters after the meeting, Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, said that all parties were committed to fight for the common interest of people of the state.

"From the previous, several years all the parties, we together (collectively) fought against this Cauvery issue. Now, even now also we will support, we will go into fight, all the parties together. This is the interest of the entire state for that there will be no agenda for differences in any party," he said.

Political parties in Karnataka claim that the chairman of the supervisory committee that was nominated by the country's apex court to address the water-sharing issue between it and Tamil Nadu was not performing his duties properly.

Sharing of waters of River Cauvery has been a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for over three decades.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said on June 2 that the state could not release Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, as reservoirs across the river basin were nearly dry following a severe drought.

The Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to share waters of the Cauvery River with neighbouring Tamil Nadu in October 2012. (ANI)

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