Karnataka governor's hasty move will lead to horse-trading: DMK

Karnataka governor's hasty move will lead to horse-trading: DMK

The DMK, a key southern ally of the Congress, today termed Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Valas invite to the BJP to form government in the state "hasty" and "unconstitutional", and alleged that it would lead to horse-trading.

Almost three months after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to form a scheme implementing its judgment in the Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Centre has filed a draft of the scheme to the Supreme Court on May 14.

"We only wanted to know whether the draft scheme is in consonance with the February 16 verdict".

The Karnataka government has objected to the Centre's draft, contending it got only 4% of the water but was expected to contribute 15% of the cost towards the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The top court also rejected these objections.

On May 14, the Centre had submitted a draft scheme on the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, after several delays and warnings from the court. However, the Supreme Court has also asked the Centre to file a modified scheme by Thursday. The Central government filed the draft scheme on Monday outlying its proposal to follow the Court's February judgement allocating the share of the wasters of the Cauvery River, weeks after being rapped for failing to implement the court's order. The argument was rejected by the court as the first schedule of water releases begins in June.

However, it was left to the Centre to name the implementing authority appropriately. The Centre had faced severe flak from political parties in Tamil Nadu for missing its six-week deadline.

The top court had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it will not be extending time for this on any ground.