Stalin meets OPS, discusses Cauvery row

Stalin meets OPS, discusses Cauvery row

Tamil Nadu’s leader of the opposition and DMK treasurer M K Stalin met finance minister O Panneerselvam and PWD minister Edappadi K Palanisamy at the Secretariat this morning, to discuss the ongoing Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka.

Stalin was accompanied to the meeting by the DMK’s deputy leader in the State Assembly, Durai Murugan, former minister K Ponmudi,  former Chennai mayor M Subramanian and DMK MLAs J Anbazhagan and P K Sekar Babu.

Speaking to reporters, Stalin said he presented to Panneerselvam and Palanisamy copies of memorandum passed at a farmers meeting chaired by him in Chennai on Thursday.

The meeting discussed the loss of kuruvai crop in the last five years. It also discussed the possibility of the loss of samba cultivation this year as Karnataka was not ready to release enough water to Tamil Nadu.

“The state government must convene a special session of the assembly and pass a resolution to pressurise the Centre on setting up the Cauvery management board. Before the special session, the government must come forward and convene an all-party meeting,” said a statement released by DMK.

A second resolution condemned the Centre’s refusal to constitute the Cauvery management board and accused it of playing politics with the issue. It wanted the Centre to play its role as stated in the Inter-State Water Disputes Act 1956.

The meeting condemned Karnataka’s refusal to implement Supreme Court orders on the formation of the Cauvery Management Board and the alleged anti-Tamil Nadu stance of a few Central ministers. The BJP-led Centre itself was infirm in implementing the court’s orders for political gains.

As per the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal’s final verdict, the Karnataka government should have released 90 tmc till August but it had released only 33.95 tmc till now despite good rains. The delta farmers had lost kuruvai crop for the past five years and are likely to loss the samba crop also, the meeting said.