AIADMK fixes March 29 as deadline to Centre to decide on Cauvery Board

All eyes are on March 29 after Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday said there is still time for the Central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) as per the Supreme Court order.

He rejected Opposition leader and DMK working president M K Stalin’s suggestion to the ruling AIADMK to vote against the BJP government in the no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam party.

Panneerselvam on the floor of the Legislative Assembly contended that the motion had nothing to do with the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board. It was better to wait for the Supreme Court’s deadline of March 29 for constituting the Board to end.

Stalin said the ruling AIADMK should support the no-trust motion to be moved by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) against the Central government.

He said Andhra Pradesh government is putting pressure on the Central government to secure special status for the state. He urged the AIADMK to support the no trust motion so as to mount pressure on the Central government to set up CMB and CWRC.

Panneerselvam added that he could not agree with Stalin’s argument that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had withdrawn his party’s support to the BJP government and recalled him ministers from the Union Cabinet to uphold the rights of his State.

Meanwhile, jailed and expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala was granted parole for 15 days on Tuesday by the prison authorities in Bengaluru to attend the funeral of her husband M Natarajan who passed away earlier during the day.