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Notification of Cauvery order great victory: Jaya

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday termed the gazette notification of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s (CWDT) final award as the culmination of 22 years of struggle and a ‘great victory for me and my government’.

Terming the notification a ‘birthday gift’ (her birthday falls on 24 Februray), Jayalalithaa said it was a ‘big personal achievement in her 30 years of political life’.

She said that for the first time in 30 years in politics, she was experiencing ‘a sense of fulfillment and achievement’.

According to her, the state has permanently secured its rights to Cauvery river water and it is the happiest day of her life and of the lives of farmers in the Cauvery delta region.

Showing a copy of the gazette notification to the media here, Jayalalithaa said the notification marked the culmination of the 22-year-long struggle that began in 1991 when she became the state’s chief minister for the first time.

Jayalalithaa said she became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister for the first time on 24 June, 1991 and on the next day the Cauvery Tribunal gave its interim award, which was challenged by Karnataka in the apex court.
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