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Jun 17, 2007 at 01:43pm IST

CMs' war of words over Cauvery

Chennai: The Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka do not seem to be agreeing on what they spoke to each other regarding the Cauvery water-sharing issue on Tuesday.

Asserting that he did not have any talks on the Cauvery issue with his Karnataka counterpart H D Kumaraswamy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday ruled out any dialogue on the matter.

“I have requested him to call southern state chief ministers with Opposition leaders to come to some conclusion about this sensitive issue,” Kumaraswamy said.

An optimistic Karnataka Chief Minister had said he would talk to Karunanidhi on the water-sharing dispute after Karnataka, not happy with the Cauvery Water Tribunal's award, decided to go to the Supreme Court on the issue.

A day later, Karunanidhi has embarrassed Kumaraswamy as he says the latter only called him to greet him on ugadi or the New Year and that the Cauvery issue was not even discussed.

Now, Karunanidhi has said that there is no question of any talks on the issue.

“There was no offer for talks and there's no scope for any talks on this issue either,” Karunanidhi asserted.

The two states have never seen eye-to-eye on the Cauvery issue and Tamil Nadu's focus now is to ensure the immediate implementation of the Tribunal's final award.

The state also feels that talks are unnecessary now and would only delay the implementation of the Tribunal's verdict.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy wants to leave no stone unturned on the emotive issue but his Tamil Nadu counterpart’s statements come as an embarrassment and it could start yet another war of words between the two states.