Amidst heightened anxiety on whether or not the Centre will constitute the Cauvery Management Board, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami today chaired a meeting of his ministers at the secretariat to decide on the next course of action on the Cauvery issue.
Sources said that crucial decisions were made during the meeting, in which Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and senior Ministers took part. Later, Palaniswami held a separate meeting with the AIADMK MPs.
With the Supreme Court mandated six-week deadline drawing to a close on Thursday, the ruling AIADMK, which has pitched high hopes on the Narendra Modi government, is exploring the options before it in obtaining the Cauvery water.
Meanwhile, DMK principal secretary, Durai Murugan said that Palaniswami and Panneerselvam should personally meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ask him to set up the CWMB.
The apex court on February 16 had pronounced its verdict on the dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. After it was announced, the lower riparian state has been urging the Centre to set up CMB and CWRC to ensure it receives its due share of water.
Meanwhile, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi has come to the support of her All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam counterpart A Navaneethakrishnan, who said on Wednesday that all AIADMK MPs would commit suicide if the Centre fails to constitute a Cauvery Management Board by the March 29 deadline.