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Roguish conduct, says Jayalalithaa

Chennai Oct. 5. Coming down on the "roguish conduct" of the Karnataka Government in refusing to release Cauvery water, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, today asked the Prime Minister, A.B.Vajpayee, to dismiss it invoking Article 356 of the Constitution "in case of continued intransigence and recalcitrance".

Tamil Nadu would file another contempt of court petition against Karnataka for defying the latest directive of the Supreme Court. It would also file a suit against Karnataka for damages and compensation for the kuruvai crop losses due to non-release of water.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said: "As the directives of the Supreme Court are being openly and flagrantly flouted, the Prime Minister should consider the wider fissiparous implications of such roguish conduct of the Karnataka Government." She asked the Prime Minister to "forthwith" issue a direction to Karnataka under Article 256 to ensure compliance of the Supreme Court order. And in case of continued defiance, action should be initiated under both Article 365 and Article 356 of the Constitution.

The defiance of the Supreme Court order was a "brazen assault on the rule of law, democratic traditions and federalism making a mockery of our Constitution." An all-party meeting would be convened on October 7 to decide on Tamil Nadu's strategy in the Cauvery tangle.

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