December 5th, 2011
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Mullaperiyar:Mani,Joseph begins fast

josephThiruvananthapuram: The day long fast of Water Resource Minister P J Joseph began in Birla House in New Delhi while Finance Minister K M Mani will stage his fast at Chappath in Vandiperiyar in Idukki district. Both the ministers claim that they are not on protest but a prayer to seek Gods blessing.  They have termed their fast a Gandhian approach and a mode of prayer.

Earlier Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had urged the ministers to keep away from joining public protests as it would weaken Kerala’s stand on Mullaperiyar dam issue. Both the ministers said they would read books today.

The ministers are fasting on the same day the Empowered Committee appointed by the Supreme Court that is to look into the dispute would meet in Delhi. 



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