Delay due to eye on Karnataka polls: MK Stalin
Chennai: DMK working president M.K. Stalin has alleged that the Centre is not keen on constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and is merely dilly-dallying with an eye on the Karnataka Assembly elections.
Accusing both the Centre and Tamil Nadu government of “enacting a farce” on the issue, Mr. Stalin expressed skepticism over Centre setting up the board. “In thee months' time the elections will be over in Karnataka. The Centre's plea (before the Supreme Court) for three months' time only exposed the government's intention, which is against TN,” Mr. Stalin said reacting to the case filed by the BJP-led government in the SC on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday Mr. Stalin said he had during the Assembly session insisted upon the State government to move the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the Centre but the TN government has chosen to file the case after the six-week deadline ended. He alleged that both the governments are enacting a “farce” on the Cauvery issue.
PMK joins hands with 32 farmers’ associations for bandh:
Meanwhile, PMK, along with 32 associations of farmers, has decided to conduct a dawn to dusk bandh in Tamil Nadu on April 11, pressing for the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.
PMK youth wing leader and former union health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss was elected as the coordinator of a movement called Cauvery Urimai Meetpu Kuzhu (Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee), at a meeting of the party with farmer representatives.