Asks Government to consult legal and technical experts on the implications of the final award
CHENNAI: Setting aside political differences, almost all major political parties in Tamil Nadu on Monday unanimously resolved to ask the State Government to file a review petition before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) to safeguard the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu.
A resolution adopted by the all-party meeting presided by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said the merits and demerits of the final award of the CWDT were discussed in detail.
The meeting, which lasted over four hours, also decided that the review petition should be filed under Section 5(3) of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956.
It asked the Government to consult legal and technical experts on the implications of the final award and submit its review plea before the Tribunal. The review petition should seek necessary clarifications on the grey areas in the Tribunal's award and list the steps required to fully implement the order, the resolution said.
Election wing secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) O. Paneerselvam said the party welcomed the resolution. He emphasised party general secretary Jayalalithaa's view that the State should get the order gazetted by the Centre and simultaneously approach the Supreme Court to redress the grievances.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnasswamy said adequate powers should be given to the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Regulation Committee as prescribed by the CWDT.
Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) president G.K. Mani urged the Chief Minister to call a bandh, besides leading an all-party delegation to Delhi to highlight the State's demands. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) headquarters secretary K.S. Radhakrishnan said the State should urge the Centre to set up a Cauvery River Water Commission under the River Boards Act, 1956.
S. Ranganathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers' Welfare Association, said given the prevailing conditions, the Tribunal had done its best.
State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) N. Varadarajan called for steps to ensure the strict implementation of the award, more particularly the clauses pertaining to distress sharing of Cauvery water. State secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) D. Pandian said necessary amendments should be brought to relevant clauses within three months.
State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president L. Ganesan and Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) president K. Krishnasamy stressed that the aspects adverse to the State's interests should be removed. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Thol.Thirumavalavan said the State should seek the opinion of experts for alternative sources of water.
Leaders of a total of 22 parties including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, AIADMK, Congress, PMK, MDMK, CPI (M), CPI, BJP, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and Dravidar Kazhagam participated.
After putting forth their views, the MDMK representatives staged a walkout, protesting against the presence of "rebel leaders" L. Ganesan and Gingee N. Ramachandran at the meeting.