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Kamal Haasan meets Karnataka CM to discuss Cauvery issue

After meeting, Haasan spoke to the reporters and said the water sharing issue can be resolved if the states come together for dialogue.

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday (4 June) met Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and discussed the issue of Cauvery river water sharing with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

After the meeting, Kumaraswamy told reporters, "We (Kamal and I) discussed the issue of the (Cauvery) Water Management Board. Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu maintain a cordial relationship over the Cauvery issue and it will be solved through mutual understanding."

The central government on 1 June notified the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to implement the sharing of water between the southern states.

"Farmers of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are equally important," the chief minister said after meeting the Makkal Needhi Maiam party chief at his home office.

Haasan said the water sharing issue can be resolved if the states come together for dialogue.

"Court should be the last resort. If the people of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka come together, the issue can be resolved," he said.

Tamil Nadu would like to see the setting up of the CWMA expedited, he added.

Haasan's visit to Karnataka comes after the state's film distributors voluntarily decided to not screen Tamil actor Rajinikanth's Kaala in theatres across the state protesting against the superstar's stand on the Cauvery river row.

Asked about the Tamil film not being screened in Karnataka, Haasan said the discussion with the chief minister did not include the subject of movies.

"This discussion (with Kumaraswamy) was not about films. There is a film chamber to look into the issue. This issue (of Cauvery water) is more important," he added.

In a related development, Kannada actor Prakash Raj said the film fraternity was being targeted. "What has the film Kaala got to do with the Cauvery issue? Why is film fraternity targeted always?

"Will the JD-S-Congress government let fringe elements take law into their hands... like the BJP did with Padmaavat (2018) or will you step in to assure common man his right for choice?" Raj tweeted.