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Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s order on Thursday to the Karnataka government to release a minimum of two thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to meet the urgent water needs for the summer months of April and May, farmers in Tamil Nadu said that they do not have any hope of receiving the allotted Cauvery water for the shorter cultivation season beginning in June.
Incensed by the delay in the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by the Centre, farmers alleged that campaigning in the Karnataka elections seemed to hold much higher priority than the constitution of the board, “The matter will be delayed until the court has to close for the summer break, until which the focus will continue to be on the May 12th election. A mockery has been made of the law,” said SKG Giridharan, a farmer from Nagapattinam district. The Supreme Court will be closed from May 20 for summer vacation.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, who appeared for the Centre, requested the Supreme Court on Thursday to defer the hearing on the setting up of the scheme, under which the Cauvery Management Board is to be constituted, by 10 days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues were busy with campaigning work for the Karnataka polls. The three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra however directed the Centre to appraise the court on May 8 on the steps taken to set up the board.
Farmers in various parts of Tamil Nadu keen to prepare for the ‘kuruvai’ or the ‘short term’ season, meanwhile, suggest that they are bracing themselves for disappointment again due to the lack of water availability.
“We don’t expect the board to be formed or the 2tmcft water to reach us this summer. Yet again the kuruvai season will be a disappointment for the farming community in the state,” said another farmer from Erode.
Various farmer associations and political parties in the state said they would hold demonstrations after May 8 at Central government establishments to express their displeasure on the delay in setting up a scheme for water sharing.
While the ruling AIADMK’s ministers stated that the centre had failed the state in its duty to implement the water sharing mechanism, leaders of opposition parties including the DMK, PMK and CPI(M) said that they would organise massive protests across the state until the centre acted on the formation of the CMB.
DMK working president MK Stalin said that the state had failed to act despite the deadline ending on May 3 and threatened to organise widespread protests, “We have no other option but to launch a massive and longer agitation in the state. If the Centre continues this attitude, Tamil Nadu will become the centre stage of massive protests,” said Stalin.
The author is most likely to agree with which of the following statements?
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- The ministers of the ruling government in Tamil Nadu feel that the only way for the centre to notice their pleas and demands would be through demonstrations and protests.
- As per the DMK president, Stalin, protests and agitation throughout the state would provide a solution to the problem of water scarcity.
- The Karnataka elections appear to the bane for the farmers in Tamil Nadu, especially those who had been planning to go in for the kuruvai season.
- The Centre’s failure to follow the Supreme Court’s directives point out to a deliberate move that is aimed at avoiding emotive issues until the Karnataka elections are over.
- The formation of a centrally controlled board is not in the interests of Karnataka, which is why the Centre is trying to hold off the issue until the polls, even at the cost of the lives and livelihood of farmers in Tamil Nadu.
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