March 30, 2018
COIMBATORE : Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) President, G K Vasan today said people of Tamil Nadu, particularly farmers, had lost faith in both the national parties, BJP and Congress, over Cauvery issue and TMC would organise a protest demonstration on April 2 in Chennai.
An action plan to exert pressure on the Central and Tamil Nadu Government’s on Cauvery issue would be drawn after discussing the matter with farmer leaders of Cauvery Delta districts tomorrow, Vasan told reporters here.
Similarly, a discussion would be held with representatives of farmer associations on April 1 and accordingly a demonstration would be held in front of the Collectors’ office in North Chennai the next day.
The Cauvery water was not an issue of livelihood of farmers alone and the water was utilised not only for irrigation of 20 districts of the State but also drinking water to half the population of Tamil Nadu. Vasan said the BJP-led Government had breached the trust and faith of the people as it could have taken legal steps during the six weeks given by Supreme Court, but waited till the penultimate day to clear doubts.
Since the BJP at the Centre and Congress in Karnataka had taken the people of Tamil Nadu for granted and ‘cheated’ on the issue, the farmers had lost faith in both these national parties, as this was not an issue of Tamil Nadu alone but a national one.
Both parties in Karnataka should change their attitude and Karnataka Government speaking against Cauvery Management Board amounted to throwing a challenge to Supreme Court, Vasan added.