April 27, 2018
Chennai : Even if for public consumption, the ruling AIADMK and Tamil Nadu government too joined the rest of the political parties in condemning the central government move to seek two more weeks of time to set up the framework for sharing Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“The centre’s action is like inserting a spade in a burn wound,” state fisheries minister D Jayakumar told media persons adding that the centre’s action was totally unacceptable.
DMK working president MK Stalin said the SC had given time till May 3 for the central government to draft a scheme for sharing Cauvery waters among the states in South India. “The Central government has now approached the apex court seeking two weeks time which is a proof that it is not interested in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB),” Stalin said.
Neither is the BJP honouring the Cauvery water dispute tribunal award nor the Supreme Court order and it is clear that the BJP is only acting in its political interests in Karnataka, which is in election mode and BJP is a prime contender for power there, Stalin said.
“The AIADMK government is also responsible for the present situation as it did not bring enough pressure on the central government to set up CMB,” Stalin said.
Former Union Health Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss said the Central government wants to harvest political benefits in Karnataka and hence is delaying the Cauvery water sharing scheme.
The centre is sacrificing the interests of Tamil Nadu to reap political benefit in another state, which is against the federal structure of the country, the former health minister said.