Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader S.M. Krishna strongly criticised on Wednesday the Supreme Court’s latest order on the Cauvery waters dispute, saying it was un-implementable.
The Supreme Court directed Karnataka on Tuesday to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day till 27 September; also, it ordered the Centre to set up a Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
In an interview, the former external affairs minister called the judgement perverted. In a press conference, also on Wednesday, Krishna said the judges did not understand the history of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam on Cauvery and the sacrifices made for its construction.
Edited excerpts from the interview:
What does the CMB mean for Karnataka?
I think in a country where inter-state water disputes are natural, it is necessary that a body of experts in that field is there to advice and guide the government and to that extent it is desirable that the supervisory committee came into being and they came out with a very sensible order. But unfortunately the Supreme Court mucked it up. The Constitution of the board is what is disturbing; that is what creates a situation which cannot be complied with.
What do you think of the Supreme Court judgement on the Cauvery issue?
It is a perverted judgement and it is a judgement that cannot be implemented. We have to approach the Chief Justice of India and convey our reservations.
We must approach a higher (larger) bench. I have gone through this myself when I was chief minister.
The then prime minister tried his level best to get some consensus but successive meetings ended in failure due to the adamance of Tamil Nadu. I see the same degree of adamance in Tamil Nadu now.
I find the future ridden with too many pitfalls and am afraid that we are inching towards a constitutional crisis.
What should Karnataka do?
The chief minister should take the ground realities into consideration and the cabinet should take a decision in the larger interest of the state. Political parties must set aside politics.
Has Brand Bengaluru taken a beating?
I hope not. Brand Bangalore stays. It has been recognized throughout the world, so there’s no question of it taking a beating. It is only temporary if at all.