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Government should oppose Kerala's stand on Mullaperiyar: Vaiko

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Government should strongly oppose Kerala's stand on the Mullaperiyar issue, said Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko at a public function held in Karamadai, near Coimbatore, on Monday.

He said the State's interests were under threat as the new Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy had declared after assuming office that Kerala would go ahead and build a new dam across Mullaperiyar. If Mr. Chandy were to go ahead and implement the decision, majority of the southern districts would face irreversible consequences. And, Tamil Nadu should not take it lying low.

The AIADMK Government should warn the Kerala government not to go ahead to construct the dam and also take all possible steps to stop the construction. And at the same time it should be wary of Kerala's moves because Mr. Chandy seemed to have hardened his stand on the issue.

The MDMK would not hesitate to launch an agitation on the issue and once again block all the 13 roads leading to the State.

There was no option for the party but to take such an action because the people of Kerala should realise that their government's action would destroy the livelihood of lakhs of people in southern district.

Mr. Vaiko criticised the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government's stand on the issue. The government under M. Karunanidhi had compromised the State's interests by agreeing to and not opposing Kerala's suggestions. The then Tamil Nadu Government also did no object to many adjournments Kerala had sought before the Apex court on the issue.

On the Sri Lankan issue, he said the international committee's report on human rights violations should be taken seriously and the perpetrators of violence should be brought before the International War Crime Tribunal.

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