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Chief Minister to call all-party meet on Mullaperiyar issue

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Kerala `should give up its intransigence'

CHENNAI: An all-party meet would be convened to discuss the Mullaperiyar issue after taking into consideration the developments from now on, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here on Tuesday.

Answering questions from presspersons here, Mr. Karunanidhi said that after the Supreme Court order on the issue, the Kerala Government adopted a different approach. The Tamil Nadu Government and its people were not willing to accept this approach. He said that the Kerala Government should give up its intransigence and take a fair stand

Answering another question, he said that there was a huge difference in the manner in which Tamil Nadu and Kerala had handled the issue. Pointing to newspaper reports of Tuesday, he said that the Kerala Chief Minister used some offensive words referring to the Tamil Nadu government. "This is regrettable. This will not further relations between the two States," he said.

PMK demonstration

The Pattali Makkal Katchi has decided to organise a demonstration in the city on Wednesday to protest the stand of Kerala on the issue.

In a statement, its founder S. Ramadoss said that Tamil Nadu should agree to talk to Kerala on the issue only after the latter agreed to obey the Supreme Court's order on increasing the storage level at the reservoir.

Dr. Ramadoss said Tamil Nadu approached the Supreme Court only after its efforts to settle the issue through talks failed. Kerala's move to disobey the apex court's order would weaken democracy in the country.

The Centre should no longer remain silent on the issue. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) should direct its Government in Kerala to implement the Supreme Court order, the statement said.

State general secretary of the All-India Kisan Sabha V. Duraimanickam also criticised the Kerala Government for its refusal to increase the storage level. He said members of the sabha inspected the reservoir recently and submitted a report on the strength of the reservoir to the State Government.

The State Government had taken all necessary steps to strengthen the reservoir, which in turn would enable it to raise the storage level to 152 feet.

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