A high-level meeting here on Thursday, the AIADMK asked its MPs to turn the heat on the Centre in the coming winter session of Parliamant on the nod give to Karnataka to go ahead with its project to build a dam across Cauvery in Mekedatu.
The meeting presided over by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami and Deputy O Pannerselvam and attended by all senior Ministers took the decision to take the issue to Parliament as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not yet responded to the request of Palanisami to rescind the approval.
Briefing reporters, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said the MPs had been told to put pressure on the Centre in Parliament which is meeting on Dec 11. As the AIADMK has the largest number of 37 MPs next only to the Congress, they can stall proceedings as they have done before. However at that time, Cauvery was only an excuse as the AIADMK wanted to stall the no-confidence motion sought to be moved by the Telugu Desam against the Modi Government.
In the coming session also, they may train their guns on Karnataka and officials of the Water Resources Ministry but they dare not hold Modi accountable, given their track record.
Members of Parliament from Karnataka will also raise the counter point that storing up to 66 t.m.c ft water in Mekedatu will ultimately help Tamil Nadu from getting its share even in distress years.
Thanks to good monsoon this year, surplus water from the reservoirs in Karnataka flooded the Cauvery delta and it all went waste to sea as successive governments have not built check dams to store water.
The irony is that Tamil Nadu accuses the upper riparian State of Karnataka of not releasing water according to the tribunal order. The same charge is made against Tamil Nadu by Puducherry whose Karaikkal enclave forms the tailend of the Cauvery.