EPS-OPS happy over Cauvery development, DMK delays all-party meet

Both chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam today expressed happiness over the Centre submitting a Cauvery draft water management scheme in the Supreme Court.

Speaking to reporters before leaving for Tirupati for offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple on Tirumala, Palaniswami expressed hope that the Cauvery board would be formed soon.

In Madurai, Panneerselvam said this is a victory to the tireless efforts of the AIADMK government and the legal struggle of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

The Centre today placed before the Supreme Court a draft of the Cauvery management scheme for implementation of the apex court’s February 16 judgment for sharing the river’s water.

The apex court said it will not go into the correctness of the draft Cauvery scheme framed by the government and will examine only one issue – whether the scheme conforms to its judgment of February 16.

“We need to examine whether draft Cauvery scheme submitted by Centre is in consonance with our judgment,” said the bench and fixed May 17 as the next date of hearing.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal informed the court that the Centre was open to any nomenclature for the implementing authority of the Cauvery Water Management Scheme, 2018.

He said it could be “Board, Authority or Committee.” The authority would be a body corporate headquartered in Bengaluru.