Cauvery issue: Last date today, BJP & AIADMK reveal stands

With today being the last date set by the supreme court to set up Cauvery Management Board, all eyes are on the BJP and the AIADMK, the ruling parties in the Centre and the state, respectively.

A committee formed by the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit on the Cauvery water issue on Wednesday met Union minister Nitin Gadkari here and sought the formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The committee also called for a permanent solution to the dispute by transferring excess water in the Godavari to Cauvery — a plan already talked about by the Union water resources ministry led by Gadkari.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has once again expressed hope the Centre will set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by March 29, a demand persistently made by the state government in the backdrop of recent Supreme Court judgement on the inter-state water dispute.

If not, sources said the Tamil Nadu government will file a contempt of court case in the supreme court against the union government.

Meanwhile, at a meeting with Central government officials in New Delhi on Wednesday, representatives from Karnataka submitted a eight page report and officials from Tamil Nadu gave a two page reply in which they have stressed the Central government to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board before the deadline set by the Supreme Court.