The Mullaperiyar dam issue between Tamil Nadu and Kerala was “only to divide” the solidarity of people from the two states against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the anti KNPP agitators alleged on Tuesday.

“As the Tamil-Malayalee solidarity was taking shape so fast and so well on the Kudankulam issue, the Centre and its intelligence agencies desperately wanted to abort it. They (Centre) try to hit two mangoes in one hit,” S P Udayakumar, spearheading the anti-KNPP agitation, alleged in an open letter addressed to “Dear sisters and brothers of Kerala.” Elaborating on it, he said that ‘political hoopla’ over the dam issue was to win the upcoming by-polls in Kerala and to divide solidarity of the people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the Indo-Russian nuclear collaboration in Kudankulam.

He said that water disputes take place all over the world and these conflicts have to be negotiated “patiently and peacefully with maturity.”