Chennai | Leaders of various political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a key ally of the BJP-led NDA at the national level, and NDA’s estranged ally, the MDMK, today slammed the Centre for according sanction to Kerala to conduct an environmental study for construction of a new dam at Mullaiperiyar and demanded its immediate withdrawal.
In a statement here, PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa should register the State’s strong protest in this regard and convene an all-party meeting immediately to discuss the issue and protect the state’s rights.
He also wanted all the political parties to raise their voice in unison against the Centre. He said when several experts and the Supreme Court had clearly stated that there was no need for a new dam across Mullaiperiyar, according sanction for environmental study was shocking.
”It as akin to insulting the Supreme court orders”, he said. Even before the Centre accorded the sanction, the Kerala government had commenced the environmental study following which the Tamil Nadu government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay.
”At a time when the petition was pending before the court, on what
basis the Centre had urgently accorded the sanction to Kerala is not known”, Dr Ramadoss said.
Terming the Centre’s decision allowing Kerala to conduct the study as politically motivated, he said the Centre had always been taking stand against the interests of Tamil Nadu both in the Cauvery river water issue and also on the Mullaiperiyar dam row.
While it has been refusing to yield to Tamil Nadu’s request for setting up the Cauvery Management Board to implement the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, now it has granted clearance to conduct environmental study for a needless dam, he charged.
Stating that the Centre’s action went against Tamil Nadu interests, Dr Ramadoss wanted the Union government to withdraw the same. He also urged the Chief Minister to register Tamil Nadu’s strong protest on the issue and convene an all party meeting immediately to protect the state’s rights on the river issues and the livelihood of the people.
Dr Ramadoss appealed to all political parties to raise their voice in unison against the Centre government on the issue. Mr Vaiko, a strong critic of the Centre, in a statement, accused the Union government of betryaing the interests of Tamil Nadu and demanded immediate withdrawal.
VCK Leader Thol Thirumavalavan, in a statement said, the Centre according sanction to Kerala has come as a rude shock and poses a threat to the country’s Federal structure. He also demanded the Centre to immediately withdraw it and appealed to all political parties to remain united to prevent Kerala’s move to construct a new dam.
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