Tirunelveli: “Tamil Nadu government stands by people's protests for the speedy constitution of the Cauvery Management Board," said state minister for information and publicity Kadambur C. Raju.
Responding to mediapersons at his home constituency in Kovilpatti here on Wednesday, Kadambur Raju too clarified that the AIADMK led government in the state would never go against the interest of the state in any issue including the Cauvery river water dispute.
"It is because of the pressure exerted on the central government over the Cauvery management board issue by stalling the parliament continuously by the AIADMK members the Prime Minister has now threatened to stage a hunger strike," said the state minister, who, too assured the state government's full backing for the people's struggle for the early constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.
"Had the government not given protection, DMK working president M.K. Stalin would not have staged the padayatra," said the minister, who added that the two major national parties--the BJP and the Congress - are the real culprits in the issue.
Minister Raju was reacting to BJP state president Tamilisai on the issue said that neither the central government nor the BJP could take the credit for creating the Cauverey Management Board as even if the board is created it would be the result of the legal battle strenuously taken up by the former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Further the state minister also appealed the villagers agitating against Sterlite to give up their protest as the state government through its pollution control board has rejected the renewal application of the plant to function further....