Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam project: NDA ally PMK opposes Centre’s plan to hold talks | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Expressing strong objections to the Union government’s plans to convene a meeting with the riparian states of the river Cauvery to discuss Karnataka’s Mekedatu project, the PMK, an ally of the NDA, on Wednesday said the Centre should safeguard the interests of two states and not compel for talks.
In a statement, party founder S Ramadoss expressed shock over Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat‘s remarks in Bengaluru that the Centre would hold a meeting, even as the Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin rejected his Karnataka counterpart’s demand for bilateral talks.
“The Union government should implement the orders of the tribunal and the Supreme Court, besides the 1892 agreement between the states. I urge the Centre not to indulge in any activity to support Karnataka, affecting the interests of Tamil Nadu,” the leader said.
Recalling Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa’s remarks after meeting with Shekhawat that the Union minister had assured all necessary clearances for the project, the PMK leader said that doubts arose as to whether the Union government was acting in favour of Karnataka.
“Where was the need for talks between the states when the inter-state agreement clearly stated the upper riparian state must get consent from the lower riparian states for any developments across the inter-state river? The Union government also stated the same on several occasions, and former Union minister S Uma Bharti confirmed the same to PMK leader S Anbumani Ramadoss in 2015,” Ramadoss said.
Ramadoss said the Karnataka government had built four dams across the Cauvery and its tributaries, simultaneously holding bilateral talks with Tamil Nadu while the Congress-led government at the Centre had remained a mute spectator and failed to prevent the construction. The PMK had been opposing talks only to avoid such betrayals.
“Mekedatu case is pending in the Supreme Court. The legal status as on date is that Mekedatu dam cannot be built without the consent of Tamil Nadu,” the PMK leader said.

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