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Cauvery Board deadline will be met: Tamilisai

Tamilisai Soundararajan

Tamilisai Soundararajan  

‘No discrimination of southern States’

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday said the Central government will definitely constitute the Cauvery Management Board within the six-week time frame set by the Supreme Court.

Addressing mediapersons here, she said the Centre was proceeding on the issue in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, adding that the deadline for constituting the board will be met.

Adverting to the claim made by some regional political parties that the southern States were footing the bill for the development of northern States, the BJP leader said such statements constituted “seditious arguments”, and warned that stoking regional sentiments was dangerous. “The country’s sovereignty and integrity should be protected at all costs,” she said.

According to her, the southern States were not being discriminated against, as had been alleged by DMK leader M.K. Stalin. She claimed that only after the BJP came to power at the Centre did the implementation of several schemes like the Metro Rail begin in southern States.

On ballot paper idea

Regarding the Congress’ 84th plenary session discussing a return to ballot papers, she said the forfeiture of deposit by Congress party candidates in the recently held byelections in various States had forced the party to talk about returning to the old system of voting.

Even if the casting of votes was to be through ballot papers, the Congress candidates would lose their deposits. A return to ballot papers would only regress the country’s development. And, the Congress talking about returning to ballot papers was akin to insulting the voters who exercised their franchise in free, fair and democratically-held elections, she said. The BJP was a force to reckon with, both inside and outside Parliament. However much the Congress may try, it will not be able to undermine her party’s strength, she asserted.

On the local body polls, she said it was wrong to delay the conduct of the polls even after funds had been allotted for the purpose.

Several schemes like the Metro Rail were implemented in the southern States only after the BJP came to power

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