Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday maintained that the State will get the Centre’s approval and implement the Mekedatu drinking water project over the Cauvery river, notwithstanding any opposition from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
“He (Annamalai) will do his job. That is not related to us. Annamalai going on a fast is not my business,” Bommai told reporters here. He said Karnataka has all the rights over the river water and will definitely implement the Mekedatu project. The State government has prepared a detailed project report and submitted it to the Centre for approval, Bommai said. “We will get the approval for it. Let anyone fast or eat,” he added.
The Tamil Nadu BJP has planned to observe a daylong fast in the Cauvery delta region on August 5 to protest against the decision of Karnataka, which is also ruled by the saffron party, to start the Mekedatu project. On the second day of his first Delhi visit as Chief Minister, Bommai called on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and others.