K’taka CM meets Kamal Haasan over Cauvery issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 09:16:40



KARNATAKA Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday pitched for finding an amicable solution to the Cauvery water sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu after film star-turned politician Kamal Haasan met him here and took up the issue.
Speaking to reporters along with Haasan, he underlined the need for a cordial relationship between the two neighbouring States and said that the farmers of Karnataka were as important as their Tamil Nadu counterparts.

“What Kamal Hassan has said about the Cauvery Management Board (authority) is that both the states should maintain cordial relationship. Whatever problem is there, we have to equally share it. Karnataka farmers are as important as Tamil Nadu farmers. The issue should be sorted out cordially without giving a scope for any differences,” Kumaraswamy said.

Haasan, who recently launched his political outfit ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’, replied in the affirmative to a question whether he took up the issue of the Cauvery board (authority) and expressed satisfaction over the attitude of Kumaraswamy. “Yes. It has been set up. We would like it to be expedited and this attitude (of Kumaraswamy) is what we are looking forward to. We are like brothers. I am happy there is the Chief Minister who is looking at it in the same manner,” he said.

Noting that Cauvery had been there even when they were not born, the actor said, “It will be there, it should be there.” Acting on the Supreme Court’s direction, the Centre had on Friday last constituted the CMA to address the dispute over sharing of river water among the riparian States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. The apex court had directed the Government on February 16, to form the CMA within six weeks in a verdict that marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water, reduced the allocation for Tamil Nadu and sought to settle the protracted water dispute between the two southern States.