September 22, 2016
Chennai: Tamil Nadu farming community and politicians cutting across party lines condemned Karnataka chief minister S Siddaramaiah and Karnataka government for refusal to honor Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery waters and urged central government to intervene in the matter.
Farmers waded through waist deep waters at Melchintamani village in Tiruchirapalli district on Thursday afternoon and sought the dismissal of Karnataka government and farmers in other other parts of the state too sought strict action against it.
The centre should dismiss the government. How can it ignore the court order, questioned a farmers leader.
Said PR Pandian, president,Tamil Nadu Federation of Farmers’s Associations, “We must move a petition against Karnataka government in Supreme Court again. TN government should also complain to the central government over the partisan attitude of union minister Sadanand Gowda, for his alleged role in helping Karnataka government defy court order.
Water resources minister Uma Bharati and prime minister Narendra Modi should step in, Pandian said to ensure justice to farmers here in Tamil Nadu. He praised TN Chief minister Jayalalithaa for securing a favorable court verdict.
The centre also must immediately constitute the Cauvery River Water Management Board that will sort out the problem once and for all, Pandian added.
AIADMK spokesperson CR Sarawathi asserted that it was time the central government stepped in to ensure that Karnatka government honored the court verdict. She also questioned the wanton violence in the State there and alleged that Karnataka chief minister in fact had abetted violence in which Tamils and their properties were damaged.
In contrast, in Tamil Nadu our chief minister Jayalalithaa maintained strict law and order and gave protection to Kannadigas, their vehicles and properties. This contrast is enough for anyone to see who is the guilty party, Saraswathi said adding that even today Karnataka leaders were agitating against the constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board.
PMK chief S Ramadoss went on to accuse Karnataka chief minister S Siddaramaiah of creating a Constitutional crisis and putting the legislature in direct confrontation with the judiciary. Karnataka may even pass a resolution against Cauvery water verdict, Ramadoss feared and added Karnataka was also lying when it says it does not water to release to Tamil Nadu.
DMK legislature party leader MK Stalin wondered why Jayalalithaa was silent when Karnataka government was moving heaven and earth to defy a court order. Neither has she called an all party meeting or a cabinet meeting or sought time from the prime minister, while Karnataka has even called a special session tomorrow, Stalin said.
He also condemned the Karnataka government for its refusal to see the situation and come to the aid of suffering farmers of Tamil Nadu.
The farmers’ bodies in the State have expressed dismay and shock over the Karnataka government’s refusal to release water, as ordered by the Supreme Court and demanded the central government to step in without any further delay and ensure justice to Tamil Nadu farmers.