TAMIL NADU

States free to appeal against Cauvery tribunal award: Moily

M. Veerappa Moily  

Staff Reporter

Says this should not be seen as buying time

Karunanidhi will take "appropriate decision at appropriate moment" on sharing of power40 per cent political space left in State and Congress wants to fill it by strengthening party

Coimbatore: States aggrieved at the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award are at liberty to file an appeal before the Tribunal or a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court and this should not be seen as buying time, M. Veerappa Moily, Congress Working Committee member in-charge of Tamil Nadu, said here on Saturday.

He told reporters that under Section 5 (iii) of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, aggrieved States could appeal.

Asked whether the Congress would demand a share of power in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Moily said with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi "will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate moment." The Congress was keen that the power sharing issue "should not cause irritation to the DMK leadership as well as the Congress cadre."

When reporters pointed out reports quoting Mr. Karunanidhi as having said that the Congress was hesitant to stake claim for sharing power, Mr. Moily said, "If it is true then the Congress will respond on that to the DMK leadership."

On the reported move of the Youth Congress to take out a padayatra to seek a share of power, Mr. Moily said, "If it were to be so, I will ask them to stop it."

State Youth Congress president Mayura Jayakumar intervened and said the yatra was only to highlight the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre.

Mr. Moily pointed out that the DMK Government had fulfilled many of its electoral assurances within a short span of assuming power.

He said there was 40 per cent political space left in Tamil Nadu and the Congress wanted to fill it by strengthening the party. This was not to compete with the DMK. Instead it would supplement the strength to the DMK.

Asked whether the exercise was aimed at capturing power, Mr. Moily said, "Politics is not for seeking `sanyasam'. The ultimate objective is to serve people through power. It is immaterial whether we are out of power or in power either individually or in a coalition arrangement."

Reorganisation of District Congress Committees will be over by March 31 and the Pradesh Congress Committee by April 15. The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee will re-organise its various wings before May-end, he said.