Tamil Nadu gears up to fight Centre as Cauvery Management Board deadline nears
With only one more days left for the Supreme Court’s six-week deadline for setting up of the Cauvery Management Board to end, Tamil Nadu government, sources said, is preparing itself to move a contempt petition against the Centre in the Apex court if it fails to set up CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC).
A high-level team of officials led by PWD secretary SK Prabhakar were camped in New Delhi and held a discussion with senior counsel Shekhar Naphade on taking the next course of legal action including moving a contempt petition in the SC against the centre, said a senior state government official.
Prabhakar, along with Cauvery Technical Cell chairman R Subramanian called on union water resources secretary UP Singh, submitted a memorandum explaining the state’s stand that it would want the centre to set up a CMB and a CWRC as per the Apex court order on February 16. The memorandum also objected to Karnataka’s opposition for setting up of a CMB and seeking a scheme for ensuring the release of water. Tamil Nadu has been insisting on the CMB, which has the power to implement the Apex court order.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has expressed hope the Centre will set up the CMB by March 29, when the six-week deadline of the Apex court ends. “There is still time…we expect the centre to set up CMB and also CWRC,” Palaniswami told reporters in Salem.
DMK has convened its emergency executive committee meeting on March 30 to discuss and decide on his party’s next course of the action. DMK working president MK Stalin had announced that his party would hold a massive protest across the state with the support of the farmers and protest in the capital too.
As the deadline nears, political parties want the state government to exert pressure on the BJP government, which they allege was hesitating to set up the CMB with an eye on the Karnataka assembly poll on May 12. The opposition parties wants the AIADMK to support the TDP or other parties moving the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government.