CPI plans road roko in delta districts

The Centre should ensure water release from Karnataka: Nallakannu

Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: : The Communist Party of India will stage road roko in Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Thanjavur districts on July 14 and 15 to press the Centre to ensure water release from Karnataka and urge the State Government to discharge water from the Mettur dam for kuruvai cultivation.

"The cadres would stage demonstrations across the State on July 15," party's national executive council member R. Nallakannu told presspersons here on Tuesday.

Karnataka did not honour the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's interim award of 10 tmcft in June and 42 tmcft in July.

The discharge from the Kabini dam started only after the storage crossed the dangerous mark.

Hence, the Prime Minister should intervene, Mr. Nallakannu said.

On the Centre's proposal to sell 10 per cent of shares in the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, he said this would pave the way for individuals to enjoy an upper hand in the administration, as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government had already sold 33 per cent of the shares.

He also criticised the Centre for increasing the prices of petrol and diesel.

On India's military pact with the United States, he said the "atrocities of the Americans" in Iraq was vociferously condemned by Parliament.

In this backdrop, such an agreement could not be accepted. "The CPI would stage demonstrations in the district headquarters on July 8 against this treaty."

General council meet

Mr. Nallakannu announced that the party's general council would meet at Courtallam, for three days, from July 21 to discuss the issues of the Kandadevi car festival and Coca-Cola's manufacturing unit at Gangaikondan. Party's all-India secretary D. Raja would participate.

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