Tamil Nadu

‘MPs must resign if PM refuses to meet Cauvery delegation’

Thrashing out issues: Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during a meeting with DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the Secretariat on Saturday.

Thrashing out issues: Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during a meeting with DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the Secretariat on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: DIPR

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CM should convene the Assembly and pass a resolution on meeting Modi: Stalin

DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Saturday told Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami that all Parliamentarians from the State should resign if Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to meet an all-party delegation to discuss the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

“The Chief Minister told us that the Prime Minister was refusing to meet [the all-party delegation] over the issue and that he had asked the delegation to meet the Union Minister of Water Resources instead,” Mr. Stalin told mediapersons after a meeting with Mr. Palaniswami at the Secretariat.

“The DMK has suggested that the Chief Minister convene the Assembly and pass a resolution on meeting the PM,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the State government will wait till Monday for a communication from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“If we don’t receive any information by then, the Chief Minister has assured us that he will convene the Assembly on March 8, in accordance with our suggestion,” Mr. Stalin said.

All the 54 MPs from the State (including 50 MPs from the AIADMK and 4 from the DMK) should resign if the Prime Minister refuses to intervene, the DMK leader said.

Describing the PM’s refusal to meet the all-party delegation over the Cauvery issue as an insult to the State, he said, “The Prime Minister has been meeting Chief Minister Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam on other issues, but is refusing to meet the all-party delegation on an important livelihood issue for the State.”

However, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar denied that the Prime Minister refused to meet the delegation. “The PM has not refused to [hold] the meeting. They [the Prime Minister’s Office] have asked us to meet the Minister of Water Resources first, and then the PM. This is what was communicated to the Opposition leader in today's [Saturday’s] meeting,” he told reporters.

He added that the government was expecting a communication from the Centre by Monday, and would decide the next course of action then.

On February 22, the Tamil Nadu government called an all-party meeting, during which it was decided that the Chief Minister would lead a delegation to meet the PM and urge him to ensure the speedy constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

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