New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday told the Supreme Court that the state cannot release any water to Tamil Nadu till December.

The internal strife over Cauvery water has resulted in massive protests both in the state of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court had earlier told Karnataka that it must release 6,000 cusecs of water for a week to assist farmers in Tamil Nadu. However, Karnataka has not adhered to this order.

Siddaramaiah told the Supreme Court that Karnataka itself is facing shortage of drinking water. 

Albeit the Cauvery row is not a new phenomenon, it was the first time this year that torching of buses and police cars was witnessed. Police were forced to open fire on the agitated crowds.

Farmers in Tamil Nadu are desperately seeking water because of shortage of monsoon rains this season. If Karnataka does not release water till December, it could result in the ruination of seasonal crops.