Jaya rejects demand for meet on Cauvery issue

Jaya rejects demand for meet on Cauvery issue

MK rakes up issue after Karnataka leaders meet Modi against board

Jaya rejects demand for meet on Cauvery issue

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has said that there is no need for an all-party meeting to discuss hindrances in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) as the Centre would act impartially on the issue.

Jayalalitha’s statement came in the wake of an all-party delegation from Karnataka urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to constitute the CMB since the review petition was pending before the Supreme Court. 

Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi demanded an all-party meeting after the all-party delegation from Karnataka met the prime minister.

However, Jayalalitha described the DMK’s demand as “meaningless”, since there were no divergent views on the issue among the political parties in Tamil Nadu (TN). 

She said all political parties were firm that the CMB has to be constituted. Referring to Union Minister Ananth Kumar’s remarks that there was no proposal before the Centre to set up the CMB, Jayalalithaa said since the minister hailed from Karnataka, he had made such a remark.

Meanwhile, countering Jayalalitha’s statement, Karunanidhi said at a time when Karnataka has been giving utmost importance to the Cauvery issue by convening all-party meetings and leading a delegation to New Delhi, no such action has been initiated in TN.

Karunanidhi also said, when farmers were in a dilemma over taking up Kuruvai crop cultivation due to depleted storage in Mettur Dam, Jayalalitha should realise that convening an all-party meeting was of utmost importance.

“She (Jayalalitha) should now realise that it is important to invite leaders of all political parties and elicit their views on the issue by convening an all-party meeting,” Karunanidhi said.