With the Centre continuing to betray Tamil Nadu's interests in the emotive Cauvery issue by seeking time to draft the 'scheme' citing the Assembly elections in Karnataka, the Opposition DMK on Thursday warned that there was no other option than creating a battle zone in the State to uphold TN's rights.
In a statement here, he took strong objection to the Cente's submission in the Supreme Court that it could not frame the Cauvery draft scheme (the deadline of which ended today) citing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministers were busy with the Karnataka Assembly elections.
The Court had on February 16 directed the Centre to form the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) within six weeks as mandated by the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, but the Centre had filed a clarification petition when the deadline ended and also sought more time following which Tamil Nadu has filed a contempt plea against it.
Terming it as a lame excuse put forth by the Centre in an era where a permission could be obtained by the click of a mouse using e-mail or by any other technology, he said it was nothing but a continuance of Centre's betrayal of the State for seeking electoral gains in Karnataka.
He said the Supreme Court should have registered its strongest condemnation and directed the Centre to submit the draft scheme by today itself.He also charged the Narendra Modi government with insulting the people of Tamil Nadu by not giving an appointment to the Chief Minister during his visit to New Delhi yesterday to discuss the Cauvery issue.Urging the Karnataka government to release the current month's quantum of four tmcft of water as per the Apex court order, Mr Stalin also hoped that the neighbouring state would avoid the delaying tactics being adopted by the centre--for electoral gains--in implementing
the Supreme court verdict.
While hoping that the Court would deliver a favourable verdict to Tamil Nadu on May 8, he said it was imperative that the Court should take steps to find a solution to the acts of betrayal on Tamil Nadu.
He said if the Centre continues with its blatant betrayal and seek more time to finalise the draft scheme to set up the CMB, there was no other option but to create a massive battlefield.
Stating that history has shown the path that launching struggles with people's support would yield the desired results, Mr Stalin said the agitations would continue till the Tamil Nadu's rights were upheld on the Cauvery issue. UNI