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She ridicules protest meet against Union Minister

CHENNAI: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa on Friday described as “an act of deception and height of absurdity,” the protest meeting organised by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi against a Union Minister while his party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, was still a constituent of the Union government.

In a statement here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said this was tantamount to conducting a protest meeting against one of the Ministers in the DMK government headed by Mr. Karunanidhi himself.

Alleging that the Chief Minister had diluted the issue of the Sri Lankan Tamils by way of enacting various dramas, Ms. Jayalalithaa said now he was going to enact the same kind of drama on the Mullaperiyar issue. The people of Tamil Nadu would not accept this “drama of deception.”

“If Mr. Karunanidhi wants the people of Tamil Nadu to believe that he has truly been let down by the Central government, then he should withdraw his DMK party’s support to the Union government immediately,” she said.

Recalling the observations of the Supreme Court, faulting Tamil Nadu for failing to furnish all the particulars required to make out its case for stopping the survey, she said that in short the State had not properly or wholeheartedly presented its case.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said that though the Supreme Court allowed the storage level to be raised from 136 to 142 feet after her government made a powerful presentation of Tamil Nadu’s case, the DMK government, which subsequently came to power, did not implement the court order.

“Till this day, the storage level has not been raised even an inch beyond 136 feet. Now, by making a haphazard presentation before the Supreme Court, the Karunanidhi government has also let slip the opportunity to stop the survey being conducted by Kerala preparatory to constructing a new dam,” she said. As regards Kerala, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s comments that “when Ms. Jayalalithaa is trying to make it a big issue, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has no other alternative but to make some noise on his own,” she said the outburst against her was amusing. Mr. Achuthananthan was following the dictum “when your argument is weak, bang the table.”