The row over sharing of Cauvery water is set to return to the Supreme Court with the Tamil Nadu government deciding to initiate contempt proceedings against the Centre for its failure to implement the Cauvery Management Board and a committee to oversee riverwater sharing as laid out in the final judgment of the Supreme Court last month.
After a marathon huddle on Thursday — the last day of the six-week deadline given by the Centre — the state cabinet decided that the petition should be filed on Saturday in the hope that it will be taken by the Supreme Court on Monday, ahead of a petition the Centre is speculated to file seeking clarifications on the final award.
A top bureaucrat with the state government who was part of the meeting on Thursday told ET: “It is true that the contempt petition will be filed on Saturday. Whether or not it will be taken up on Monday is up to the court.”
The AIADMK had been ensuring continued disruption of proceedings in Parliament as a pressure tactic it had claimed will bring positive results from Tamil Nadu. It had also passed a resolution in the state assembly urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board. O Panneeerselvam, deputy chief minister, Tamil Nadu, had said in assembly that the state government will remain “patient” till the deadline for the Centre to act ends. Impassioned speeches began on Wednesday for the Centre to obey the Supreme Court with Rajya Sabha MP A Navaneethakrishnan and other parliamentarians taking up the cause in the earnest even as opposition parties have condemned the delay and the Centre’s plan to seek clarifications as a tactic to delay the set up of the board.
“We are very confident that the Supreme Court verdict will be made functional. The deadline may have ended but the Centre will pay heed to Tamil Nadu’s demands,” said Karuppu Muruganandam, one of a three-member panel of the state BJP which met union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari. “The minister promised us that there will be a positive result for Tamil Nadu. We have to be patient,” said Muruganandam.