New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has rebuffed an offer from his Karnataka counterpart for talks on the Cauvery river water sharing issue. "There is no scope for any dialogue," Karunanidhi said.
He said Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had called him up on Monday only to greet him on Ugadi. "Kumaraswamy and his father H Deve Gowda are my long time friends. They telephoned me on Monday to convey Ugadi greetings. We did not discuss Cauvery issue at all," PTI quoted Karunanidhi as saying.
Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said the state was ready to hold talks with Tamil Nadu to resolve the water-sharing dispute over Cauvery.
However, Kumaraswamy said that before holding any such meeting, he would have to consult senior political leaders and legal and irrigation experts of the state.
"We will take a final decision after consultations on whether the meeting should be at the individual level (between the two Chief Ministers) or whether we should take a delegation,” Kumaraswamy said.
But Kumaraswamy made it clear that the state's "legal battle" against the tribunal's award would continue simultaneously even if the talks materialised.
Kumaraswamy also appealed to AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa to join hands in the efforts to find an amicable solution to the water-sharing dispute.
"Nothing should be done that will give room for whipping up the passions of the people. As neighbouring states, we should live in a spirit of brotherhood," he said.
Karnataka has filed a petition in the Supreme Court and with the Cauvery water disputes tribunal seeking review of the tribunal's February 5 order.