Political parties in Tamil Nadu on Sunday criticised the reported appeal of External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop further release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu saying that it was unbecoming of a Cabinet Minister to speak against the decision of the Prime Minister and the Supreme Court.

While PMK leader S. Ramadoss wanted the Prime Minister to drop Mr. Krishna from the Cabinet, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan opined that he should have quit the Ministry before making such a statement. MDMK general secretary Vaiko said by making a demand for stopping the release of water to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Krishna had proved that he was a “Kannada chauvinist.”

According to news reports, Mr. Krishna, who is on a tour in the US, wrote to the Prime Minister, urging him to explore the possibility of stopping further release of water from dams in Karnataka and call for an interim report of the team of experts.

Dr. Ramadoss said: “As per the Constitution, he is a Minister for the entire country. But Mr. Krishna has always sought to represent the interests of Karnataka and failed to come out of sectarian politics.” Mr. Ramakrishnan said while a quantity of 9,000 cusecs was still inadequate to meet the requirements of Tamil Nadu, it was highly deplorable that Mr. Krishna decided to speak against the ruling of the Prime Minister, the chairman of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA).

MDMK general secretary Vaiko said it was a matter of shame that no Union Minister from Tamil Nadu had condemned Mr. Krishna and registered their protest with the Prime Minister.

“Their attitude clearly shows that they are not interested in the welfare of Tamil Nadu. People of Tamil Nadu should not recognise these MPs and Ministers,” he said.