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Tamil Nadu govt hopeful of favourable verdict on Cauvery Board; DMK calls for all-party meet

The AIADMK government is hoping the Supreme Court will give a favourable verdict for the state in the next hearing slated Wednesday on the formation of the Cauvery Management Board and other provisions.

, ET Bureau|
May 14, 2018, 06.05 PM IST
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Among key provisions in the draft is that the Centre will be the go-to authority in the event of conflict.
CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK government is hoping the Supreme Court will give a favourable verdict for the state in the next hearing slated Wednesday on the formation of the Cauvery Management Board and other provisions, after the Centre filed a draft of the scheme to implement the modified Tribunal order on Monday.

The DMK, meanwhile, has pushed for an all-party meeting to discuss the draft of the scheme.

The Supreme Court filed the draft of the scheme on Monday, a day ahead of the day of counting of votes in the state Assembly elections of Karnataka. The Centre stopped short of naming the scheme, seeking directions from the court. In the copy of the draft, accessed by ET, the Centre said: "During the discussions with the officials of the two states, it is learnt that the name of the Authority to be established under Section 6(A) 2 of the ISRWD ACt, 1956 is a very senstivie issue in both the states. The guidance/directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court is therefore sought as far of the name of the Authority to be established under Section 6A(2) of the Act is concerned."

Among key provisions in the draft is that the Centre will be the go-to authority in the event of conflict: "If the authority finds out that any government of the party states namely Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Union Territory of Pondicherry do not cooperate in implementing the decision/direction of the Tribunal, it can seek the help of the Centra Government whose decision in the matter will be final and binding on all matters concerned."

The Leader of Opposition and DMK Working President MK Stalin called for an all-party meeting on Tuesday. C. Ve. Shanmugham, the Tamil Nadu law minister, who was in Delhi on Monday, told reporters that the Centre's filing of the draft of the scheme was a legal victory for Tamil Nadu. Edappadi K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, told reporters at Salem said his government was hopeful of favourable directions from The Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the court will convene for hearing in the case. Kamal Haasan, president of Makkal Needhi Maiam announced that his party will hold a meeting for farmers, activists and political leaders to discuss methods of ensuring the rights of farmers are upheld in the state's legal battles for Cauvery.

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