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Karnataka CM's letter to PM: Any effort to block SC's verdict wrong, unconstitutional, says Singhvi

Updated: Sep 10, 2016 08:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 10 (ANI): With Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to call a meeting of the chief ministers to the Cauvery water dispute, in spite of the Supreme Court directing Karnataka to release 15,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu, the Congress on Saturday said if anybody tries to block the SC's verdict either directly or indirectly or in the form of spirit, then it will be wrong and unconstitutional.

"These matters are emotional, and I understand that at the end the law should prevail. Our Continuation makers had after much deliberations and thinking created a structure, a tribunal and the Supreme Court. When the apex court has given its verdict then anybody, I am not talking about the government, states or the Congress or non-Congress parties, that if anybody tries to block the apex court's verdict either directly or indirectly or in the form of spirit, then it will be wrong and unconstitutional," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI.

The apex court on Monday directed the Karnataka Government to release 15,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days as an interim measure. The SC also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's (CWDT).

However, with Karnataka witnessing massive rallies and protests against the Supreme Court order of releasing water from Karnataka's reservoirs that threw normal life in several parts of the state, including state capital Bengaluru, out of gear, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi requesting him to call a meeting of the Chief Ministers to resolve the ongoing protest in the state over the Cauvery water dispute.

Pointing out the problems being caused due to the release of Cauvery water, he added that the ongoing protest will cause a severe damage to the state's economy.

"The unrest if continued will not only have a serious impact on the economy of the State particularly the IT economy which brings enormous revenue and foreign exchange to the country but will also impact the livelihood of the common man adversely in the large parts of the State," he stated in the letter.

With the Kerala Government initiating steps ban Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) 'shakhas' on temples premises across the state, Singhvi said, Unless you have violated law, I don't believe in the politics of ban, because it results just opposite. I understand that by using the word 'ban' you create sympathy for that organisation. Thus, we should be cautious against our reaction that creates sympathy." (ANI)