Tamil Nadu government to seek SC directive to notify Cauvery draft

State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan distributes sweets at her office on Tuesday following victory in Karnataka elections

Tamil Nadu government to seek SC directive to notify Cauvery draft

Directing the Centre to file a reply on the submissions of the States, the apex court adjourned the case to tomorrow.

"All the states concerned are making submissions to the draft scheme".

While asserting that the BJP's "historic victory" in Karnataka speaks about the good governance by the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dynamic leadership of party president Amit Shah, Mr. Radhakrishnan sought to know what had prevented Stalin from asking the Siddaramaiah government to abide by the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery. According to the Kerala government, the state gets 4% of the water and is expected to pay 15% of the cost towards the board. The state had cited the government formation that is under way as the reason it needs more time. The top court also rejected these objections.

The court also directed the Centre to file a modified scheme before it on Thursday. The apex court had on February 16 asked the Centre to formulate the scheme to ensure compliance of its judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute. The scheme outlined the process of allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka taking in view the court's February judgment.

Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are having water sharing dispute of Cauvery River. On February 16, the SC reduced the quantity of water Karnataka was asked to supply to TN by 14.75 tmc (thousand million cubic litres).

Even as the Tamil Nadu government said it would first study the Cauvery Draft Water Management Scheme submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court on Monday, major state parties voiced opposition to the scheme. However, the Centre failed to set up the board within the deadline, which triggered protests in Tamil Nadu.

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