TAMIL NADU

Convene Assembly to discuss Cauvery issue: BJP

`Parties should join together in securing the State's share'

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The general secretary of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), H. Raja, has urged the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to convene the Assembly immediately on Cauvery issue.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, Mr. Raja said the Assembly should pass a resolution, demanding the Centre to intervene and get the State's due share in Cauvery from Karnataka. He said farmers in Cauvery delta districts were not able to raise kuruvai due to insufficient storage in the Mettur Reservoir. As reservoirs in Karnataka were getting good inflows, it was obligatory on its part to release water to Tamil Nadu as per the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. He wanted all political parties to join together in securing the State's due share.

Permanent system

The BJP leader also wanted the State Government to evolve a permanent system in coordination with courts for admission to professional colleges in the State. Such a system should be evolved during the current academic year itself so that students were not put to hardship in future. He regretted that every year admission to professional colleges was delayed for one reason or other, causing anxiety among students.

Mr. Raja also criticised the Centre for not being alive to terrorist threats. When Russia, United States and the U.K. were preparing themselves to combat terrorism with stringent laws after terrorist attacks in their countries, the United Progressive Alliance Government here had diluted its stand against terrorists by withdrawing the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

He was surprised at the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi's criticism of the BJP on Ayodhya issue. He said Mr. Karunanidhi described the terrorists attack on Parliament in December 2002, as a "security failure" when he was part of the then National Democratic Alliance Government. Now he was not ready to criticise the UPA Government for the "security failure" in Ayodhya but blaming the BJP leaders. This only showed double standards on the issue.

Similarly Mr. Raja was surprised over the Chief Minister, Jayalalihaa's silence on the issue. She did not even criticise the terrorists' attack, he added.

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