December 26th, 2011
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Mullaperiyar: Karunanidhi submitts memorandum to PM

karunanidhiChennai: The DMK chief M Karunanidhi submitted a memorandum to The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accusing Kerala of having created a situation where “people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been instigated to fight against each other like people of two different countries.” He has asked the Prime Minister to intervene demanding an end to the attacks on Tamil’s in Kerala. He has also asked the PM to ensure that Kerala abides by the 2006 Supreme Court order to raise storage level from 136 feet to 142 feet. Mr Manmohan Singh is on a two day visit in Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi has accused Kerala of organizing a continued campaign against Tamil Nadu which has resulted in building animosity between the people of the two states. The memorandum also referred to “sentimental outburst” of the affected people of southern districts of Tamil Nadu, whose irrigation needs are met by the Mullaperiyar dam.

“This situation, unless contained and changed immediately, will lead to permanent strain and cleavage between the people of the two states,” said Karunanidhi.

It also said the dam issue was before the Supreme Court and any effort by Kerala government to reduce the water level and attempt to construct a new dam “has to be viewed as an attempt to subvert the judicial process and deny justice to the people of Tamil Nadu.” “If government of Kerala is persistent on its stand, at least five southern districts of Tamil Nadu will become deserts without water for irrigation,” it said.

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