Leader of the Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin on Thursday told the Tamil Nadu Assembly during a debate on the resolution against Mekedatu that the State Government failed to preempt the Centre from giving approval to Karnataka to prepare detailed project report(DPR).
Though the resolution, condemning the Centre and Karnataka over the issue was passed unanimously, he said the Government filed an interlocutory petition in the Supreme Court in November 2014 seeking a stay on the construction across Cauvery in Mekedatu. Had it got the stay order, Centre would not have given for the DPR.
Similarly, when the Supreme Court disposed of all Cauvery related cases in February, the Government should have filed a fresh petition for a stay. He also said the Centre by giving approval for the project had hampered the relationship between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
He also noted that the Cauvery Water Management Board has only a part-time chairman as he is also functioning as chairman of the Central Water Commission. That way, the Centre had effectively crippled the Cauvery authority also. He asked why the Tamil Nadu Government did not protest in a big over this in the last six months since the authority came into being.
Stalin also said that when Karnataka Janata Dal(S) leader H D Deve Gowda Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Oct 4 and sought Central intervention implement the project, Tamil Nadu did protest.
There was no need to because Gadkari himself told Deve Gowda he would speak to Tamil Nadu in this regard. Moreover, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November to rescind the permission given by the CWC for the project.
Government did not did not enter into a debate as it wanted the resolution to be passed unanimously.