Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday lashed out at opposition DMK over the Cauvery issue, saying it had done nothing on the matter despite being part of various central governments for 14 years.
Speaking to reporters in Cuddalore district, he also said if the DMK wanted, the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) could have been constituted in 2007.
The State government sanctioned Rs 328.95 crore for rehabilitation and restoration of 1,511 water bodies in the State for 2017-18, Palaniswami said.
Talking to mediapersons in Chidambaram, he said that the Kudimaramathu scheme introduced by the government had been planned to cover water bodies in all the districts in a phased manner. To start with, 1,511 water bodies have been taken up in the current year.
“In the past, the DMK was at the Centre for 14 years. What schemes did they bring? They could not even solve the Cauvery issue. They were at the Centre and in power state in 2007 when the final award of the Cauvery Disputes Tribunal was given,” he said.
He added: “”If it (DMK) had wanted, the CMB could have been constituted in 2007 itself following the final award of the tribunal.” He said late chief minister J Jayalalithaa later moved the Supreme Court over the matter.
The government has been following the plan and policies of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with the aim of ensuring State’s rights in the Cauvery water issue. The opposition DMK had no right to criticise the AIADMK, the CM added.