Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu seek special assembly session on Cauvery

RSTV Bureau

An ‘all-party meeting’ called by DMK on the Cauvery issue on Tuesday urged the Tamil Nadu government to immediately convene the state Assembly to discuss the matter, even as ruling AIADMK and BJP criticised the M K Stalin-led consultations.

The meeting comes at a time when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is in Apollo hospital in Chennai and hence the meet was boycotted by AIADMK by DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Stalin.

Apollo-Hospital-JalalithaaThe meeting adopted a slew of resolutions and alleged that upper riparian state Karnataka was “making a mockery” of federal principles by not implementing the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on water sharing.

The Central government, “which should advice Karnataka, was instead supporting it for political reasons,” it said in an apparent reference to the 2018 Assembly polls in that state.

Such a stand was affecting the Tamil Nadu farmers, it said and urged the state government to convene a session of the Assembly to discuss the matter.

“To show that the Tamil people are united and have no differences (on the Cauvery issue) and to condemn Karnataka and the Centre for not showing the slightest respect to court orders, Tamil Nadu government should immediately convene a special session of the state Assembly,” it resolved.

The House should adopt a resolution on constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the state government should further “exert pressure” on the Centre by leading an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Modi on the matter, it said.

The Prime Minister must be urged to take a ‘dispassionate stand’ on implementation of the final award of the Tribunal and should also be apprised of ‘precedences’ where management boards have been constituted in the Krishna-Godavari and Narmada issues, it said.

The meeting also criticised the Centre for reversing its stand on constituting CMB and also demanded that the state government provide compensation of Rs 30,000 per acre for Cauvery delta farmers as they did not get adequate water for kuruvai and samba crops this year.

It also alleged that the report of the High Level Committee that surveyed Cauvery delta areas in Tamil Nadu, besides Karnataka, had “not reflected” the prevailing situation in the state.

The AIADMK and BJP, however, had no kind words for DMK for the meeting convened by Stalin.