State to file interim plea, seek stay on CRA fiat

The Karnataka government will file an interim application before the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking a stay on the Cauvery Regulatory Authority (CRA) directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Raj Bhavan on Friday, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that the government would present its case strongly before the Supreme Court. The government has already filed a review petition seeking a direction to the Prime Minister-headed CRA to review its decision.

Later speaking to reporters, Governor H R Bhardwaj rubbished the remarks that the failure of the State advocates representing the case in convincing the CRA had led to the present crisis.

The State unit of the BJP has decided to take a delegation of its MPs to New Delhi on Sunday to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to stay the CRA directive.

Speaking after a meeting with the senior leaders of the party, the BJP MP from Dharwad, Prahlad Joshi, told mediapersons that the delegation would urge Singh to provide justice to Karnataka by assessing the situation in the State.

The party has also decided to extend its support to Karnataka bandh called by Kannada Okkuta on Saturday, said Joshi.

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