Treat the Cauvery dispute as a humanitarian crisis: BJP MP Lahar Singh to Stalin, Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: BJP Rajya Sabha member Lahar Singh Siroya has written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to resolve the crisis related to the release of Cauvery River water.

In the Cauvery River water sharing dispute, the CMs of the two states have mentioned the current availability of water in the state, 70 percent lack of rain, and the fact that the reservoirs are empty and have requested the CMs of the two states to sit and talk and settle the issue.

A copy of the letter written to Tamil Nadu CM Stalin has been forwarded to state CM Siddaramaiah, DCM DKshi, PM Office, Union Hydropower Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Chief secretaries of both the states.

In the letter, he wrote, “Dear Mr. M.K Stalin, I am writing this letter in the sensitive context of the troubled Cauvery River water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. I am aware that my understanding of matters related to inter-state water management, and water treaties is very limited. However, I will share some of my thoughts.

Tamil Nadu should realize that Karnataka is not deliberately withholding water. Our reservoirs are empty and there is drought in almost 70% of the taluks of our state. In addition, drinking water is a problem.

My demand is that Tamil Nadu should understand that the water needs of Karnataka also include the water needs of millions of Tamil speakers living and working in Karnataka.

We live in an immigrant society. Intra-state migration has been a trend in the last couple of decades where people leave their home states for employment reasons. So when we talk about water rights we need to think with these contemporary migration trends and realities in mind.

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