TAMIL NADU

Stay away from CRA meet: delta farmers

KARAIKAL Oct. 5. The Cauvery Delta Farmers Legal Action Committee, Karaikal, has urged the governments of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu to stay away from any emergency meeting of the Cauvery River Authority, if it is convened by the Prime Minister as demanded by Karnataka.

It also wanted the Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, to convene an all-party meeting to evolve a consensus on the Cauvery issue.

Talking to reporters here today, the committee president, S.P. Selvashanmugham, apprehended that the Karnataka Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, would take efforts for convening of an emergency CRA meeting so that Karnataka could get a favourable direction superseding the September 8 order of the CRA.

Pointing out that the Karnataka Government, which agreed to release 9,000 cusecs of water into Mettur at the last CRA meeting, took an ``obstinate stand'' subsequently, Mr. Selvashanmugham said the Pondicherry Government should not blindly support the decisions taken at the CRA. It should emphasise its legitimate rights over Cauvery water. If it were to endorse any such decision to be taken in future, then ``it would amount to treachery.''

Meanwhile, the organiser of the Committee for Protection of Pondicherrys' Rights in Cauvery, N. Nandhivarman, demanded that the CRA be given more powers. Condemning Karnataka for acting as a ``separate entity'' within the Indian federal setup, Mr. Nandhivarman said that by taking an adamant stand, Karnataka had created a drinking water problem for Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

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