Decide on Mekedatu after consulting riparian States: CM

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy.

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy.

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has urged the Central government not to take any decision on the Mekedatu issue without consulting the riparian States as the dam, if constructed, would curtail the availability of Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in the Union Territory.

Condemning the arbitrary manner in which the Central government had given the nod to Karnataka to prepare the Detailed Project Report for the dam, Mr. Narayanasamy questioned how such a report could be contemplated without consulting the States concerned.

Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said that he had already met Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari at Delhi and handed him a copy of the resolution adopted unanimously by Puducherry Assembly taking strong exception to the approval granted by the Centre and the initiatives taken by Karnataka on the issue.

In violation of SC verdict

Mr. Narayanasamy said that the current approach of the Union Government was in total violation of the Supreme Court verdict which had gone into the Cauvery water issue.

Already the Parliament was disrupted on the Mekedatu issue and the Centre was responsible for the disruption, he said.

Farmers’ to protest

He urged the Union Water Resources Ministry to immediately convene a joint meeting of PWD Secretaries of all the riparian states and find a solution. If this was not done farmers would come together and organise a big protest against Karnataka’s move to construct a dam, he said.

Mr. Narayanasamy also appealed to the media to refrain from creating controversy by conducting group discussions in the context of the proposal made by the DMK president M.K. Stalin recently that AICC president Rahul Gandhi was the Prime Ministerial candidate of the non-BJP and the secular front.

But Mr. Gandhi had himself pointed out that the purpose of the secular front was to dislodge the autocratic Narendra Modi-headed BJP government in the forthcoming Parliamentary polls.

He said that Congress workers, his cabinet colleagues and leaders of DMK, CPI, CPI (M), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and other parties would stage a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on January 4 demanding the Centre to grant Statehood to Puducherry and to recall Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. The Government has written to all Members of Parliament to attend the demonstration, he said.

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