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PRESENTING A SHAWL: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi calling on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Thursday.
PRESENTING A SHAWL: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi calling on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Requests her to take up issue of setting up power plant in State

New Delhi: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, accompanied by his daughter Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP, met Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence here on Thursday and pleaded with her to take up the issue of setting up of a 500-MW power plant in Tamil Nadu at the earliest to tide over power shortage in the State.

Talking to reporters soon after the meeting Mrs. Gandhi, the Chief Minister said, “I explained to her the precarious power situation in the State and requested her to take up the matter with Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for expediting the power project.”

Naxal problem

He said the State government was taking all steps to tackle the naxal menace. The nabbing of the naxalites at Theni on Wednesday was an indication how effectively and seriously the problem was being tackled.

On Mullaperiyar

Asked about yesterday’s talks with Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan on the Mullaperiyar issue, he said, “I will not say it is a failure but it is a forward movement. We had allayed the apprehensions voiced by Kerala that the seepage would affect the strength of the dam. We had explained that the various expert committees had said that the fears of Kerala in this regard are unfounded.”

Mr. Karunanidhi said, “I had suggested that either experts from the Central Water Commission or engineers from other States could be asked to inspect the dam to assess the extent of seepage. Mr. Achuthanandan said he would consider the suggestion.”

Karat meets Chief Minister

In the evening, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Prakash Karat called on Mr. Karunanidhi at the Tamil Nadu House. Talking to reporters, he said: “We discussed all developmental issues in the country and those concerning Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Yesterday, the two Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala had met on Mullaiperiyar issue and we discussed these matters. Iwas happy that both the CMs had met and agreed to meet again.”

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