Cauvery issue: Why Narendra Modi is antithetic to a thought of his approach intervention

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There are some flattering good reasons because Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t too eager about inserted in a Cauvery dispute, even yet Karnataka arch apportion Siddaramaiah and some Tamil Nadu leaders insist that he should.

File picture of Narendra Modi. ReutersFile picture of Narendra Modi. Reuters

File picture of Narendra Modi. Reuters

Modi is doubtful to directly meddle in a dispute, unless a Supreme Court asks him to find a “political solution”, as it suggested to PV Narasimha Rao in 1995 when he was a primary minister.

For one thing, Modi knows that any settlement by him during this theatre stands small possibility of success and is even diligent with domestic risks. Besides, dual other primary ministers in a past — Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 and Manmohan Singh in 2012 — burnt their fingers perplexing to finish a contemptible dispute.

Modi is also wakeful that, by branch himself into an referee in a argue between a dual states, he might usually finish adult giving himself a domestic headache he can do without. If any suggestions that he creates by approach of anticipating a resolution occur to foster Karnataka, he will open himself adult to a claim of domestic prejudice. The BJP has a clever appearance in Karnataka and is anticipating to wring a state from a Congress in a Assembly elections in 2018.

And even if he remotely appears to side with Tamil Nadu, it will confuse his celebration in Karnataka no end. In fact, a Cauvery has turn a latest hang with that a BJP in Karnataka is violence Siddaramaiah.

It’s not startling that Modi on Tuesday probably gave both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu a respectful brush-off by observant that a usually march accessible to them is a authorised one — which, of course, is a fact.

Modi done this transparent even to a Janata Dal (Secular) personality HD Deve Gowda who met him final week. It will be frequency a warn if he repeats his position to Siddaramaiah as well, when a arch apportion meets him, that he says he will. Siddaramaiah even says Modi should call both him and Tamil Nadu arch apportion J Jayalalithaa for talks.

And above all, a story of primary ministerial interventions in a pained dispute, is not a happy one, solely in a box of Rao.

In 1995, Rao met with success in operative out a resolution when Tamil Nadu demanded an evident recover of 30 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of Cauvery H2O by Karnataka. He called a dual arch ministers, Jayalalithaa and Deve Gowda, and got them to determine to a concede figure of 6 tmcft.

But later, Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh had no such fitness when a H2O in a stream was wanting and Tamil Nadu done identical demands. Vajpayee was horrified to see Jayalalithaa stomp out of a assembly he called in 2002. And she refused to attend a subsequent assembly that Vajpayee called and instead sent a minister. In 2012, it was a Karnataka arch apportion Jagadish Shettar of a BJP who walked out of a assembly convened by Manmohan Singh.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu contingency quarrel it out during a CSC and afterwards during a Supreme Court — though not on a streets. That’s what Modi is perplexing to tell a dual states.

While Rao’s involvement came on a recommendation of a Supreme Court, Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh stepped into a stage as heads of a Cauvery River Authority (CRA) that existed then. Headed by a primary minister, it had as a members a arch ministers of not usually Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, though even Kerala and Puducherry that have teenager stakes in a Cauvery’s water.

If Modi intervenes now, he has to do it on his own. The Supreme Court hasn’t — during slightest compartment now — suggested him to speak to a dual warring arch ministers. And nor does a CRA exist.

The CRA has done approach for a Cauvery Supervisory Committee (CSC) which, headed by a Union H2O resources secretary, consists of a arch secretaries of a 4 states, besides officials of a Central Water Commission.

It’s this CSC that comes in accessible for Modi to bring as a good reason to forgive himself from a approach appearance in a Cauvery dialogue. As asked by a Supreme Court, a cabinet is already looking into a matter.

A policeman charges a trespasser roving a motorcycle during prohibitory sequence during Sunkadakatte in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTIA policeman charges a trespasser roving a motorcycle during prohibitory sequence during Sunkadakatte in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI

A policeman charges a trespasser roving a motorcycle during prohibitory sequence during Sunkadakatte in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI

Modi will rest on supervisory committee

On 5 September, a justice asked Karnataka to recover 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) for 10 days. That would have amounted to some 13 tmcft. On 12 September, a justice mutated a recover to 12,000 cusecs compartment 20 September, that would give Tamil Nadu approximately 5 tmcft more. Tamil Nadu wanted 20,000 cusecs as an halt arrangement.

The justice is entrance adult with halt H2O recover schedules compartment it gives a final statute on Tamil Nadu’s direct for 50 tmcft. Now a CSC is perplexing to work out how most H2O Karnataka contingency recover from 20 Sep onwards. The justice is approaching to rest heavily on a committee’s conclusions. And so will Modi.

Tamil Nadu considers a H2O being expelled now to be chickenfeed and is accessible a court’s final ruling. Karnataka says it is releasing H2O during a outrageous cost to a farmers and can’t partial with even a dump more. Tamil Nadu’s need is real, nonetheless a direct is too high to meet, if we demeanour during a quantum of H2O available. Karnataka’s predicament too is indeed grave. And a CSC is a right forum to confirm on a emanate after holding a tighten demeanour during rainfall deficiency, H2O availability, a needs of a dual states and a 2007 endowment of a Cauvery tribunal.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu contingency quarrel it out during a CSC and afterwards during a Supreme Court — though not on a streets.

That’s what Modi is perplexing to tell a dual states.

The author tweets @sprasadindia

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