The DMK working president M.K. Stalin launched a rally to “Retrieve Cauvery Rights” at Mukkombu near Tiruchi, blamed the Edappadi K. Palaniswami-led AIADMK government for failing to exert enough pressure on the Centre to form the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court’s verdict.
He had promised that the DMK MPs and MLAs would tender their resignation the moment their AIADMK counterparts did the same. If his suggestion had been acted upon, the Narendra Modi-led Central government would have had no option but to form the CMB, Mr. Stalin claimed.
Stalin further said that “The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Cauvery water sharing dispute is very clear. The Central government should have formed the CMB within the stipulated time frame. But, it is yet to implement the order. The AIADMK government was ‘spineless’ and could not even condemn the statements of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Secretary of the Water Resources department and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah against the formation of the CMB. Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, in response to a question in the Assembly regarding the delay in the formation of the CMB, asked us to wait for four days. But nothing has happened so far. The State government has failed to take any effective action. The Chief Minister, who chaired a day-long Cabinet meeting after the deadline for forming the CMB lapsed, did not even reveal what was discussed at the meeting”. Mr. Stalin said he hoped that the objective of the rally would be achieved by the time it reaches Cuddalore. If not, the DMK would enlarge the scope of the agitation.
Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani, who flagged off the ‘Cauvery Rights Retrieval Journey’, said the union government was following an indifferent approach towards Tamil Nadu on various issues. The journey was not only for retrieving Cauvery rights, but for restoring the rights of the State on various other issues.
CPI(M) State secretary K. Balakrishnan, CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, Congress leader Tiruchi Velusamy, MDMK leader Tirupur Duraisamy, Indian Union Muslim League national president K.M. Khader Mohideen and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader M.H. Jawahirullah addressed the gathering. The journey will end at Cuddalore on April 12.