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A special session of the Karnataka legislative assembly was convened on Friday over the Cauvery Waters issue and it decided to pass a resolution to only release water for the purpose of meeting the basic concerns of Bengaluru and the Cauvery Basin.
Two days ago the Congress government in the state decided to defer the release of 6,000 cusecs of water a day ordered by the Supreme Court and the state's assembly is expected to back that decision today in the form of a unanimous resolution.
Ahead of the session, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in Delhi on Thursday, a day after the cabinet decided to defer the release of water and convene the legislature session amid escalating row between the two neighbouring states.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had on September 19 asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs per day from September 21 to 30, but the Apex Court had on September 20 doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs from September 21 to 27 after Tamil Nadu pressed for water to save its samba paddy crop.
It had also directed the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board as directed by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its award.
In Tamil Nadu, Opposition party DMK on Thursday urged the state government to follow suit and discuss the next course of action over the water sharing.
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