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`Sonia should have asked Krishna to release water'

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Tiruvarur April 11. Sonia Gandhi as All-India Congress president should have ordered the Congress Government in Karnataka to release Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu, said Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary, today.

Campaigning for P.J.Arjunan, AIADMK candidate for the Nagapattinam Lok Sabha constituency here, she said that neither Ms. Gandhi nor the Congressmen in Tamil Nadu ever raised their voice for the rights of the State in the past. But Ms. Gandhi would come to Tamil Nadu seeking votes for the Lok Sabha elections.

The DMK president, M.Karunanidhi, "betrayed Tamil Nadu" in the Cauvery issue by withdrawing a case from Supreme court heeding to the advice of Indra Gandhi. Whereas her Government went to the Supreme Court and filed a case to establish the rights of the State. The Karnataka Government never respected the interim order of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal or the order of the Supreme Court, she said. Ms. Jayalalithaa described the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) as an unprincipled and unholy alliance. Ms. Gandhi had alliance with parties, which had links with the LTTE. Though Ms. Gandhi claimed that the Jain Commission's final report did not have anything to link the DMK with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, it was not true. The issue before the people was who should rule the country: an efficient and experienced person or a political novice; whether a son of the soil or a foreigner, she asked.

The Chief Minister addressed meetings at Ammaiyappan, Koradachery and Thanjavur.

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