Bangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday met Fali S Nariman, head of the State’s legal team in Supreme Court on inter-state water disputes, and discussed various issues pertaining to sharing of river water with neighbouring states.
Siddaramaiah and Nariman who met in a hotel in the City, are learnt to have discussed the issue of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Nariman is learnt to have informed the chief minister on how the State’s interest would be affected if the CMB was constituted. Nariman was accompanied by senior advocates Mohan Katarki, S S Javali and Brijesh Kalappa, who are also part of the State legal team. Nariman had arrived in Bangalore on June 4 on a private visit and is scheduled to stay till June 12. Water Resources Minister M B Patil could not attend the meeting as he was away in Delhi.
The meeting has come a day after Siddaramaiah led an all-party delegation to Delhi and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to constitute the CMB till the Supreme Court disposed the State’s petition challenging implementation of the final award of the Cauvery water disputes tribunal.
Sources in the chief minister’s office said Siddaramaiah explained to Nariman on his meeting with Modi and discussed the options the State government had in case the CMB was set up. Besides, Siddaramaiah and Nariman learnt to have discussed about the issues that were likely to arise due to the formation of Telengana with regard to Krishna water dispute.