Bangalore, Oct 12 : Opposition Leader in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah today claimed the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) did not have the power to issue an order as it was only a recommendatory body.
Reacting sharply to a direction issued by CMC at its meeting in Delhi yesterday asking Karnataka State to release 8.5 tmc of water from October 16 to 31 to Tamil Nadu from River Cauvery, Siddaramaiah told newsmen here, 'CMC has to authority to give direction, it can only recommend. 'Moreover, where is the water for release?' the Opposition Leader asked.
The Cauvery River Authority (CRA) Meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 19, ordered Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of water daily till October 15. However, due to shortage of water in the Cauvery Reservoirs, the release of water was stopped since October nine.A delegation of BJP Lok Sabha Members made a vain bid to the Prime Minister in appealing him to withdraw his order.
Even recent appeal by a delegation led by Former Karnataka Chief Ministers, including Union External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Union Minister for Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily along with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, was turned down by the Prime Minister stating he cannot order stay on CRA decision. Meanwhile, the agitation following the September 19 order is still continuing, especially in Cauvery Delta region, including Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajanagar Districts.
The Cauvery Hitha Rakshna Vedike, led by Former MP G Made Gowda, who held a two-day hunger strike before water release was stopped, has threatened to intensify agitation if the State Government released water. Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had advisd the Chief Minister not to release water even if the ruling BJP has to sacrifice its power.