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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Karunanidhi ridicules Jaya Amma’s claims on Cauvery issue

By Malladi Rama Rao
New Delhi, 28 June (

The old Dravidian warriors in Chennai are back at their old game of attacking each other on water – Cauvery, Mullaperiyar and a host of rivers.

The latest round of snipping was set in motion by Jayalalithaa Jayaram, though accidentally.

The AIADMK supremo is still basking in the glory of decimating the once upon a giant, DMK, in the Lok Sabha elections.

“My government has established Tamilnadu’s rights over Cauvery and Mullaperiyar issues and got Mullaperiyar, Thunakadavu, Peruvaripallem and Parambikulam Rivers included in the list of rivers belonging to the state”, she said in a statement.

Ridiculing the claim the DMK ‘Thatha” Muthavel Karunanidhi said, “Chief Minister takes pride for establishing the State's rights but Kerala has ensured the four rivers are included in the list of its rivers. He based his contention on a statement of Kerala Chief Minister Ooman Chandy.

Mullaperiyar, Thunakadavu, Peruvaripallem and Parambikulam Rivers were shown in Tamil Nadu’s list till 2009. Since then these rivers have been included in Kerala list, according to Karunanidhi.

“This happened in 2012 itself”, the DMK patriarch said quoting Kerala, and asked “Who is responsible” for the switch over.

In an obvious reference to various Jayalalithaa statements to the media and letters to the Prime Minister Modi over Cauvery issue, he raised two more questions: “You’re your statements solved the Cauvery issue? Have you managed to get the Cauvery Management Board constituted.

The reference is to the delay in constituting the Board, though the Prime Minister reportedly assured the chief minister of speedy action. The Water Resources Ministry is said to have prepared the ground for setting up the board but the move has not yet seen the light of the day.

On the Mullaperiyar issue as well, Karunanidhi has tried to tear into Jayalalithaa’s claims that Tamil Nadu has completely established its right over the river shared with Kerala.

The DMK thatha also found some useful ammunition in a recent statement of Kerala Water Resources Minister P J Joseph that it is not feasible to link Pampa and Achankovil rivers with Tamil Nadu's Vaiparu- “all because surplus water isn’t available”.

Taunting the Jayalalithaa government, Karunanidhi wanted to know the response to Kerala’s claims. Is this state of Jayalalithaa's constructive efforts towards inter- linking of Kerala and TN rivers, he asked.

Another local stalwart, S Ramadoss, the founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) also made an angry outburst at the chief minister Jayalalithaa. The reported moves to partially privatise the bus routes offered enough fodder to his canons.

He cautioned the government of a “massive agitation” if the AIADMK government privatised the state transport corporations.

Ramdoss told Jayalalitha that privatisation of bus routes would be a sure recipe to increase the burden on the common people since “the private bus operators will fix higher tariffs”.

Questioning the rationale behind the decision to privatise some bus routes, he said “If the State run transport corporations were making losses, the causes for losses should be identified and rectified. Privatisation is not the way out”.

- Asian Tribune -

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