TN K’taka MPs take Cauvery fight to Parliament
With two main Tamil Nadu parties protesting in Parliament opposing the Mekedatu project on Cauvery river, Karnataka lawmakers cutting across party lines have planned an agitation on December 27 in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex to counter AIADMK and DMK.
Opposition members belonging to AIADMK, TDP and YSR Congress staged a protest in Parliament premises on Thursday in support of their demands.
AIADMK are against the construction of a dam across Cauvery River. TDP and YSR Congress persisted with their demand for a special status to Andhra Pradesh.
V Sathyabama, AIADMK MP from Tiruppur, said, “We were protesting against the Karnataka government’s move to construct a dam in Mekedatu over Cauvery river. The Tamil Nadu CM had written to PM Narendra Modi seeking revocation of the Centre’s permission to Karnataka.”
She added: “We have to ask the Centre to intervene. Parliament is a forum to express our concerns. The Centre must direct the Central Water Commission to withdraw the permission granted to the dam project.”
Meanwhile, Karnataka State Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar appealed AIADMK and DMK members not to make it a “political issue” and asked them to resolve the matter amicably.
He said that since the project is going to benefit both the states, the Central Water Commission has given go-ahead to Karnataka to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for a proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu.
On Thursday, amid pandemonium, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day within minutes. Similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha too.
In the Rajya Sabha, members from different political parties trooped near the Chair’s podium holding placards and raising slogans.