Centre punishing Tamil Nadu people: Karunanidhi

Centre punishing Tamil Nadu people: Karunanidhi

DMK president M Karunanidhi today said all political parties and farmers in Tamil Nadu must oppose the Centre’s stand that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to direct it to set up the Cauvery Management Board.

The former chief minister of Tamil Nadu said the Centre has “belittled” the Indian judicial system and “betrayed” Tamils by making such a submission in the apex court.

He also urged the state government to convene an all-party meeting and hold a special sitting of the state Assembly to discuss the matter.

“Those in power at the Centre (BJP) have taken a sudden, biased decision with an eye on the Karnataka polls scheduled in 2018. It (Centre) has completely echoed Karnataka’s voice. This is condemnable,” he said in a statement.

Karunanidhi said the BJP-led central government is eyeing the upcoming assembly election in Karnataka. “BJP doesn’t have a foothold in Tamil Nadu, and the party wants to win the assembly election in Karnataka next year,” he said.

“The Centre has told the Supreme Court whatever the BJP leaders in Karnataka have been saying on the Cauvery water issue. The Centre is punishing the people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.

This amounted to “belittling Indian justice delivery system and betraying Tamil people”. The Centre has only echoed the statements of Karnataka Ministers in the Union Cabinet on the Cauvery issue, he alleged.