TAMIL NADU

Centre not taking firm approach to get water: Varadarajan

Pondicherry Sept. 6. The secretary of the Tamil Nadu State unit of the CPI (M), N. Varadarajan, today assailed the Karnataka Government for its refusal to release water to Tamil Nadu and said the lack of cooperation on its part to share the water as per the Cauvery Monitoring Committee formula had been landing farmers in deep misery.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Varadarajan said the CPI (M) and the CPI extended full support to the general strike called by farmers for September 11 in the delta pockets of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur to condemn the `unhelpful attitude' of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments and also the Central administration in the Cauvery water issue.

The Centre was not taking a firm approach to get water appropriately from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Government was also not pressuring the Centre adequately.

Mr. Varadarajan said permission had been sought from the police to hold a public meeting on the Marina in Chennai on September 11 to condemn the policies of the Central and State Governments that caused hardships to various sections of people. If permission was not granted, the meeting would be held `breaking the restriction'.

The 15-day movement by the CPI (M) volunteers under the banner `save the nation' launched throughout the State from August 16 evoked good response.

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