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Coimbatore

TN’s neighbours may follow Punjab in refusing to share waters, Vaiko

Covai Post Network

MDMK general secretary Vaiko today criticised the stand taken by Punjab in refusing to share water with neighbouring states, in violation of a 2004 agreement, and said there was the possibility that the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu would also follow suit, making the state a desert.

“If the Punjab government refuses to share water as per the agreement, other states in the country will also follow suit,” Vaiko told reporters here.

It was not good of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to announce that he will not give waters to Rajasthan and other states, and also to tear the Supreme Court directives in this regard, he said.

“There is a high possibility that Tamil Nadu will be deprived of its due share of river waters and become a desert if Karnataka and Kerala also refuse to give water,” he said.

The Centre’s move to implement the Dam Safety Bill will result in disunity among the states, he contended.

Vaiko extended support to demonetisation, stating that it has received all round support from people at the grassroots level. “Hats off to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the demonetisation decision,” Vaiko said.

Criticising Modi for not fulfilling his election promise of putting Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s account by bringing black money, Vaiko said that the announcement of demonetisation should be a first step to implement the promise.

Vaiko was on his way to Erode to attend a function on the release of the books ‘Viduthalaiyin Mugavari Prabhakaran’ and ‘Neruppukku Pooachandi’, authored by film director Pugazhenthi Thangaraj, as part of the late LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations.

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