The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has passed a resolution demanding the BJP government to file yet another petition before the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) to review its September 19 direction asking the State to release 9,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu.
Addressing the media after its general body meeting here on Wednesday, KPCC president G Parameshwara said that the Congress was in agreement with the BJP government’s decision not to release water to Tamil Nadu as directed by the CRA.
He, however, condemned the government for agreeing to release 10,000 cusec of water for a stipulated period following the Supreme Court directive and charged the BJP leaders with making a political issue of the matter.
“That was the first mistake made by Karnataka. The government failed to effectively put up its case before the Supreme Court. Following this was the CRA decision.
There was no need for the chief minister to have staged a walk out during the Prime Minister’s meeting. He should have fought and protested harder against the directive,” Parameshwara added.
The KPCC president said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar should immediately convene a special session to discuss the issue and also take an all-party delegation to Delhi to re-appeal to the Centre. He said that the party would take a decision in a day or two whether or not to take a separate delegation to Delhi.
The meeting also passed resolutions on drought, implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the State, special status to backward districts, irrigation projects under Krishna River scheme, and the present political scenario.
The party took serious view of non-utilisation of funds allotted for the job guarantee scheme and welcomed the decision to accord special status to backward districts namely - Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, and Bellary. It demanded the government to draw up an action plan to speed up irrigation projects under the Krishna River water scheme.
The State Congress would launch ‘Congress ge banni badalavane tanni’ programme on October 2, across the State. About 1,794 meetings will be held in the next 30 days as part of the programme. In November, padayatras will be organised from hobli level to Assembly/taluk headquarters, highlighting failures of the BJP government.
Parameshwara also appealed to the party leaders and workers not to go to Delhi seeking tickets, and said that the State unit would submit the candidate’s list to the Central Election Committee which would take a final call on the matter.