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Nov 29, 2012 at 05:05pm IST

Cauvery talks fail again as Karnataka refuses to release water to TN

Bangalore: The deadlock between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over River Cauvery water sharing continued on Thursday as the former refused to release any more water to the neighbouring state. Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa alleged that Karnataka "flatly refused to release any water".

Referring to the demand of her state, Jayalalithaa said that she had requested Karnataka to release at least 32 tmc-ft of water, but it was turned down by Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

"I have explained all the facts to the Karnataka Chief Minister and have requested him to release adequate water to Tamil Nadu. But Karnataka has flatly refused to release any drop of water...we will inform the Supreme Court about the outcome of the meeting," said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

She further said that the state would apprise the Supreme Court regarding the decision of the Karnataka government during the hearing on Friday.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that he was willing to go to Chennai and resume further talks on the issue. He added, "This is only a local issue between two states, there is no national politics involved."

Further clarifying his stand on the issue, the Karnataka Chief Minister said that he had not refused to give water to Tamil Nadu, but had said that the state was "not in a position to give any more water".

He said, "Only 37 tmc-ft is with us now, so we can't give them water. There is no question of saying we will not give water, we said we are not in a position to give water this time, we said will talk again."

This was the second time in 15 years that chief ministers of the two states had bilateral talks on the water row after 1997 when M Karunanidhi and JH Patel met in Chennai.

Hearing the issue, the Supreme Court had on Monday suggested that both chief ministers should give it a try and meet in a congenial manner and discuss the issue in the larger interest of farmers of both states.