TAMIL NADU

`Rangasamy Govt. adopting wrong approach to Cauvery issue'

Pondicherry Oct. 31 . The AIADMK State committee secretary and former legislator, K. Natarajan, today charged the Rangasamy-led Government with adopting a wrong approach in projecting the Cauvery water requirements of Karaikal farmers.

Talking to newsmen here, he said instead of urging the Centre to ensure the full quota of 6 tmcft of water for Karaikal, the Chief Minister, who led a delegation to meet the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, on Tuesday, sought only 1.07 tmcft.

Mr. Natarajan alleged that as the Congress was in power in Karnataka also, the Rangasamy Government did not want to fight the case vigorously.

Mr. Natarajan, who joined the delegation but pulled out of it before meeting the Prime Minister, claimed that he had information that the memorandum, to be presented to Mr. Vajpayee, was not properly framed and had contents not relevant to the issue.

He said the copy of the memorandum should have been shown to the members (including legislators) belonging to various parties.

Mr. Natarajan said the Pondicherry administration should function in tandem with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in making out the case of Karaikal for sharing the Cauvery water.

He wanted Mr. Rangasamy to provide a `gift package' to the farmers for Deepavali as the one given in Tamil Nadu.

A. Anbalagan, MLA, was present at the press conference.

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