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MK Stalin asks Palaniswami to meet PM Modi over Cauvery issue

IANS | Chennai |

DMK leader M.K.Stalin on Thursday said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami along with leaders of various political parties should meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to set up a Cauvery Management Board.

Speaking at the all party meeting held at the state secretariat here, Stalin said the state should put sufficient pressure on the central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board within six weeks.

According to Stalin, the Tamil Nadu government should also explore legal avenues to get a higher allocation of the Cauvery river water as the Supreme Court has cut down the state’s share by 14.75 thousand million cubic feet (TMC).

The Supreme Court on February 16 reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of the Cauvery river water to 177.25 TMC, down from 192 TMC allocated by a tribunal in 2007.

Stalin said the state government should form a different ministry for water resources and also come out with a separate budget for agriculture.

He said the government should form a Water Security Board to oversee saving of the Cauvery river water and its prudent use.