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All-party meet to discuss Cauvery water issue today

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THE Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, has announced that an all-party meeting would be convened here on July 17 to discuss issues relating to Cauvery river water sharing with Tamil Nadu.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly on Tuesday, Mr Krishna said he would invite Opposition party leaders to offer their views on the tangle and also on the situation arising out of Tamil Nadu approaching the Supreme Court.

The Opposition BJP and JD(U) reiterated their charge that Karnataka had released water to Tamil Nadu from Kabini river. The Government has been denying the charge.

Mr Jagadish Shettar of the BJP and Mr P.G.R. Sindhia of JD(U), sticking to their allegation that water had been released ignoring the interests of farmers, wanted to know the reason why the Government was keeping it under wraps.

Mr Sindhia said a section of the media had reported that water was flowing from Kabini river to Tamil Nadu and when he raised the matter last week, the Government had denied it.

He said even though farmers in the Kabini river area had been agitating for water release, the Government chose to help Tamil Nadu.

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