Staff Reporter

"We will not give up our birsth right at any cosSt"

THENI: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on Saturday cautioned that Tamil Nadu should not yield to the "tactics" of Kerala on the Periyar dam issue and dubbed the proposed Chief Ministers' talks in New Delhi on November 29 a "tactical drama."

Addressing protestors on the Theni-Kumuli highway at Goodalur near here, Dr. Ramadoss said the agitation was only a beginning. It would turn into a State-wide stir if Kerala refused to accept the Supreme Court decree. "We will not give up our birth right at any cost."

He said even after the Supreme Court allowed raising of the water level, neither the previous AIADMK regime nor the present DMK Government issued an order.

Association secretary Rathinasamy said farmers would block transportation of essential commodities to Kerala.

"Making a big issue"

Madurai Staff Reporter writes

Dr. Ramadoss told reporters in Madurai that Kerala was "adamantly making a big issue of giving an additional 1.55 TMC of water."

Though the Tamils were agitated (over the Kerala's stand), they still wanted to be friendly with the neighbouring State. "But Kerala is not reciprocating." It wanted to take the surplus water to its Idukki reservoir.