Chennai, Feb 7 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajnath Singh today said if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had worked out a consensus between Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by calling them to national capital for a meeting with him, the Cauvery disputes between the two states could have been solved amicably.
Making the statement to this effect at a press conference here, he said the deadline of February 28 set by the Supreme Court to notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) was nearing. But the Centre had failed to work out solution amicable to both the states, he alleged. "The UPA Government must tread cautiously on this issue as the decision would have severe impact on inter-state relations," he pointed out.
He said before final award was notified the Prime Minister should invite the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to sit together and find a solution. Asked why Karnataka where BJP was in power was defying the apex court order, he said "this is not a political issue concerning political party. The resolution of this problem demands top priority from the incumbent government at Centre.