TN to file 'contempt of Court' petition against Centre on CMB


Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced in Madurai that a "hunger fast" will be conducted by the AIADMK on April 2 with regard to the Cauvery issue.

Reports said the Central government was toying with the idea of filing a petition in the Supreme Court to seek clarification on the word "scheme" mentioned in its February 16 order asking the government to set up the CMB and the CWRC within six weeks.

M.K. Stalin, opposition leader and working president of the DMK, urged the chief minister to convene a cabinet meeting and pass a resolution condemning the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the silence on constituting the Cauvery board.

While the ruling AIADMK has said its cadres will observe a day's fast on 2 April across the State, asking the Central government to set up the CWMB, the main Opposition, the DMK, held its emergency executive committee meeting on the Cauvery row today. It comes after the laxity shown by the Central government over implementation of the SCI's orders on the Cauvery waters dispute.

In yet another development, AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP S Muthukaruppan announced his resignation.

S. Muthukaruppan on Friday resigned from the membership of the Rajya Sabha over the Centre's negligence in forming the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). It also directed the centre to frame a "scheme" within six weeks to implement the decision.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko said the contempt petition to be filed by Tamil Nadu government would not be of any use to the State.

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Later, talking to reporters Thirunavukkarasar said he took up the Cauvery issue with the Governor.

Tamil Nadu parties allege that the Modi government did not set up the CMB as it does not want to alienate voters in neighbouring Karnataka, which is opposed to the Supreme Court order. He dismissed the view that the Centre was not making any effort to form the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) in view of the May 12 Karnataka assembly polls.

"On the Cauvery issue... setting up of CMB will be the only acceptable just solution for us".

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the next course of action on the river water sharing issue. "I am resigning for the people of the state".

Jayakumar said the government was committed to uphold the rights of the state and welfare of the farmers in the Cauvery issue.

The court had compensated Tamil Nadu's reduction by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft ground water from the river basin.