Delta farmers get invite for all-party meet today

The state government has extended an invitation to farmers from Cauvery delta to attend the all-party-meeting on Thursday, called to discuss the way forward post the Supreme Court’s final verdict on Cauvery dispute. The views of the Opposition and the farmers’ representatives would be factored by the state in the meeting.
Delta farmers get invite for all-party meet today
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“The state will immediately take steps on the issue after consulting and getting the views of leaders of all parties,” Palaniswami had said earlier. 
The participants are likely to urge the Centre to constitute Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and retrieve the 14.75 tmcft lost by the state in the recent verdict. The meeting would adopt resolutions urging to speed up CMB formation process and to form an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
As many as 44 entities, including nearly a dozen associations representing farmers in the Delta region, as well as registered, recognized – regional and national parties have been invited for the meeting, which is to be chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. 
Leaders who have received the invite from the state include P Ayyakkannu, Mannargudi S Ranganathan, Swamimalai S Vimalanathan, and PR Pandian, among others.
The decision to call farmers follows suggestions received from the Opposition that the state should involve them, as their livelihood is directly linked to the Cauvery issue.
The meeting assumes significance since there had been no such meeting convened by the ruling dispensation in almost a decade, while requests from the Opposition were aplenty on Cauvery.
In 2008, the then DMK government led by M Karunanidhi, held an all-party-meeting, which was boycotted by the Opposition, including AIADMK, MDMK, and DMDK. That meeting was held to call for the end of Eelam war to save innocent civilians in Sri Lanka.

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