Bangalore: Union Power and Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday stressed the need to resolve the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu amicably.

Without naming either warring state, Moily, speaking at the founder's day award function orgaised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), invoked one of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quotes: "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."

Referring to the water-sharing row, the former Karnataka Chief Minister said there is no "turbulence" in the Cauvery river, and called for "joining together and solving the problem".

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa appealed to Moily to bring it to the notice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who chairs the Cauvery River Authority, the ground reality on water availability in Karnataka, including the drinking waters needs of Bangalore.

There are anxiety that Cauvery issue will lead to law and order problems and also have an adverse impact on the harmonious relations between Kannadigas and Tamils, he said.

"Rains have started in Tamil Nadu; it has stopped in Karnataka. Karnataka has witnessed worst drought since 1971," Yeddyurappa pointed out.

In the function, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, was conferred the Bharat Ratna Sir M Visveswaraya award.


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