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TN CM should lead all-party delegation to PM on Cauvery, says Ramadoss

TN CM should lead all-party delegation to PM on Cauvery, says Ramadoss
PMK founder S Ramadoss

Chennai: With Karnataka making it clear it will not release water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery, PMK founder S Ramadoss on Sunday demanded that Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to plead the state’s cause.

In a statement here on Sunday, Mr Ramadoss accused the Karnataka Government of releasing water to TN only when its dams are full. “It has become a practice for the Karnataka Government to release water only when it cannot store excess water of if there is heavy rainfall in the Cauvery basin area. Since the Karnataka Government has not released water to Tamil Nadu, crops have been affected,” Mr Ramadoss said.

Punching holes in Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s claims that only 51 tmcft of water is available in four major reservoirs in the state, the PMK found said according to the status on Saturday morning, the total storage was 62.15 tmcft and this could be used by both the states.

Though the State Government has filed a case in Supreme Court on the Cauvery issue, it is imperative to exert political pressure on the Union Government. The Chief Minister should convene an all-party meeting and the decision taken at the meeting should be explained to Mr Modi by an all-party delegation under the leadership of Ms Jayalalithaa, he said.