September 17, 2016
Thanjavur: GK Vasan, the Tamil Maanila Congress(TMC) president, has urged the Centre to act neutral and get Tamil Nadu’s share of the Cauvery water from Karnataka, as per the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
Led by Vasan, several hundreds of activists staged a demonstration in front of the Head Post Office in Thanjavur today, condemning the Karnataka government for refusing to release Cauvery water due for Tamil Nadu, and urging the central and state governments to get the water from Karnataka.
Later, addressing the media persons, Vasan accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of betraying Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery issue. He said that people have no faith in the Karnataka government as it had not honoured either the tribunal’s final verdict or the apex court’s direction in the Cauvery water issue. “They instigated violence and attacks on the Tamilians living in Karnataka and the vehicles bearing Tamil Nadu number plates were damaged. The situation went so out of control that central armed forces had to be called in to stop the violence and restore normalcy there,” Vasan said.
Vasan appealed to the central government to act neutrally and stop the violence and attacks unleashed by the Kannada fanatics on the Tamilians living there.
He also urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to convene an all-party meeting, take a delegation comprising representatives of all political parties, meet and pressurize the Prime Minister to intervene and get Cauvery water due for Tamil Nadu from Karnataka.
Vasan also demanded that Karnataka should compensate for the losses suffered by the Tamil Nadu vehicles during the violence.