Bangalore: Former Prime Minister and JDS leader H D Devegowda today lamented lack of unity among parties in Karnataka over the Cauvery issue and pointed to the example of Tamil Nadu, where parties are one on it, despite infighting.
"As opposed to Tamil Nadu where political parties are united on the issue despite infighting among themselves, in Karnataka unfortunately political parties are not united even on this issue,which is of prime concern to the state",he said, addressing advocates in the High Court premises here.
Taking an indirect swipe at his bete noire, former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who quit BJP and started Karnataka Janata Party, he said "with new parties mushrooming everyday, where is the question of unity among political leaders?"
Urging advocates to form a committee comprising senior advocates to tackle the issue, Devegowda criticised the state government for its 'inept' handling of the dispute.
His appeals to the Centre and state government for an amicable resolution of the issue, keeping the welfare of both states in mind had fallen on deaf ears, he said.
Devegowda said he had met Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar yesterday and asked him to pressurize the Centre to not notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
If it was notified, Karnataka would be forced to release water to Tamil Nadu, he said.
"Water is essential for survival and Karnataka really needs it. The Centre should look at the position of the state compassionately", he said.
Updated Date: Jan 10, 2013 20:55:40 IST