Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said he is against the “politicisation” of the Rs. 1,334-crore Hogenakkal drinking water project, which the Tamil Nadu Government intends to implement.

Reacting to Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman M. Veerappa Moily’s statement that the Centre could not restrain the Tamil Nadu from going ahead with the drinking water project because the matter was before the Supreme Court, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he did not wish to politicise the project because it concerned the people of two States, both of whom needed drinking water.

Priority

The protection of the interests of the people was the priority of the Government. Mr. Moily should think before making allegations against the Government, he said.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he was against adopting a confrontationist approach on the matter.

On Mr. Moily’s charge on the State’s power crisis, the Chief Minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party had been in power only for the past few months and wanted to know the contribution of Congress, which had been in power for several decades.

‘Diversionary tactic’

The Congress was raising the issue to divert attention from its “internal squabbling” over the allegation made by senior leader Margaret Alva on how party nominations were made for the Assembly elections, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Mr Moily, who is also the chairman of the Central Administrative Reforms Commission, had alleged that the BJP government was not interested in addressing the power issue. (EOM)

Hydel projects

Shimoga Special Correspondent writes:

Mr. Yeddyurappa said senior colleagues in the Cabinet would look into the Centre’s proposal to set up four hydroelectric power projects in the Cauvery basin and take a decision.

“I welcome the suggestion of Union Minister of State for Energy Jairam Ramesh in this regard,” he said and added that Karnataka was ready to hold talks with Tamil Nadu on the matter.

Talking to presspersons here, he said neither Tamil Nadu nor Karnataka should adopt a rigid stand as it could hamper the implementation of national development programmes.

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