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Stage set for Cauvery showdown in Karnataka Assembly today

As the state cabinet recently passed an order that it won't implement the SC order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from Sept 21 to 27

The dispute over sharing the waters of the is headed for a constitutional crisis with Chief Minister convening a special Assembly session on Friday regarding the recent Supreme Court order directing the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water to daily.

WATER DISPUTE
  • The Siddaramaiah-led state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order
  • Sources said that in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy
  • As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka

The state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order, an issue which later found resonance at an all-party meeting. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) abstained from the all-party meeting but its leader welcomed the Cabinet decision.

Former Union minister and Lok Sabha member questioned the apex court’s order. “The state government can give water depending on its availability. The matter has to be addressed by the supervisory committee, which has all the data but the has taken up the responsibility,” Moily said. “Let’s see what happens in the Assembly.”

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap described the situation as “ticklish” saying a confrontation building up between the state Assembly and the Supreme Court was “unfortunate”. According to Kashyap, both the state Assembly and the had freedom to operate in their own spheres, which is to reflect the people’s wish and adjudicate on disputes, respectively.

“Both must practise their constitutional restraint at this point… This is not good for democracy,” Kashyap said.

Clarifying the issue further, Kashyap said that an Assembly resolution was merely an expression of opinion and not an order. The All-India Committee is keeping a close watch on the developments. “Water politics is high on emotions but we are confident that the states concerned will show statesmanship and will have constitutional balance and equanimity to deal with the order,” spokesperson and senior lawyer said.

Sources said in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy. As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka.

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Stage set for Cauvery showdown in Karnataka Assembly today

As the state cabinet recently passed an order that it won't implement the SC order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from Sept 21 to 27

Amit Agnihotri  |  New Delhi 

A view of the Krishnarajasagar Dam in Mysuru on Tuesday. The Supreme Court has given a directive to the Karnataka state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
A view of the Krishnarajasagar Dam in Mysuru on Tuesday. The Supreme Court has given a directive to the Karnataka state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The dispute over sharing the waters of the is headed for a constitutional crisis with Chief Minister convening a special Assembly session on Friday regarding the recent Supreme Court order directing the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water to daily.

WATER DISPUTE
  • The Siddaramaiah-led state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order
  • Sources said that in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy
  • As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka

The state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order, an issue which later found resonance at an all-party meeting. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) abstained from the all-party meeting but its leader welcomed the Cabinet decision.

Former Union minister and Lok Sabha member questioned the apex court’s order. “The state government can give water depending on its availability. The matter has to be addressed by the supervisory committee, which has all the data but the has taken up the responsibility,” Moily said. “Let’s see what happens in the Assembly.”

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap described the situation as “ticklish” saying a confrontation building up between the state Assembly and the Supreme Court was “unfortunate”. According to Kashyap, both the state Assembly and the had freedom to operate in their own spheres, which is to reflect the people’s wish and adjudicate on disputes, respectively.

“Both must practise their constitutional restraint at this point… This is not good for democracy,” Kashyap said.

Clarifying the issue further, Kashyap said that an Assembly resolution was merely an expression of opinion and not an order. The All-India Committee is keeping a close watch on the developments. “Water politics is high on emotions but we are confident that the states concerned will show statesmanship and will have constitutional balance and equanimity to deal with the order,” spokesperson and senior lawyer said.

Sources said in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy. As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka.

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Stage set for Cauvery showdown in Karnataka Assembly today

As the state cabinet recently passed an order that it won't implement the SC order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from Sept 21 to 27

As the state cabinet recently passed an order that it won't implement the SC order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from Sept 21 to 27 The dispute over sharing the waters of the is headed for a constitutional crisis with Chief Minister convening a special Assembly session on Friday regarding the recent Supreme Court order directing the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water to daily.

WATER DISPUTE
  • The Siddaramaiah-led state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order
  • Sources said that in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy
  • As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka

The state Cabinet had recently passed an order saying it won’t implement the order, an issue which later found resonance at an all-party meeting. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) abstained from the all-party meeting but its leader welcomed the Cabinet decision.

Former Union minister and Lok Sabha member questioned the apex court’s order. “The state government can give water depending on its availability. The matter has to be addressed by the supervisory committee, which has all the data but the has taken up the responsibility,” Moily said. “Let’s see what happens in the Assembly.”

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap described the situation as “ticklish” saying a confrontation building up between the state Assembly and the Supreme Court was “unfortunate”. According to Kashyap, both the state Assembly and the had freedom to operate in their own spheres, which is to reflect the people’s wish and adjudicate on disputes, respectively.

“Both must practise their constitutional restraint at this point… This is not good for democracy,” Kashyap said.

Clarifying the issue further, Kashyap said that an Assembly resolution was merely an expression of opinion and not an order. The All-India Committee is keeping a close watch on the developments. “Water politics is high on emotions but we are confident that the states concerned will show statesmanship and will have constitutional balance and equanimity to deal with the order,” spokesperson and senior lawyer said.

Sources said in case of a confrontation over the issue, the apex court order will have constitutional supremacy. As a middle path, the sources said some water may have to be released by Karnataka.
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