Two opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have expressed shock the Centre’s alleged “dithering” over the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) as per the Supreme Court order.
The main opposition DMK slammed the ruling BJP at the Centre on the Cauvery issue, saying it should not handle the matter with an eye on electoral gains in poll bound Karnataka, the upper riparian state in the river water sharing dispute.
PMK founder S Ramadoss said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s statement on the issue was shocking and it seemed the central government is washing its hands off the issue.
On Monday, Shipping and Water Resources Minister Gadkari had allegedly declined to give an assurance on setting up the CMB, maintaining that it is a complex task.
“The Prime Minister maintaining silence on the Cauvery issue by not speaking about it when he came to Tamil Nadu is condemnable,” Stalin, Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday said the AIADMK government is friendly with the Centre only for the benefit of Tamil Nadu.