All-party meet on Mekedatu row today

Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister M K Stalin will today chair an all-party meeting to discuss the Mekedatu issue.

Stalin will meet leaders of political parties that have representation in the Tamilnadu Assembly at the Secretariat today to elicit their views and suggestions on Karnataka’s ‘unilateral decision’ to construct a reservoir across river Cauvery.

An official press release said that the Chief Minister has invited representatives from all the parties to attend the meeting.

The statement also said that Stalin had already met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and explained Tamilnadu’s stand in the issue.

“Stalin also refused to pay heed to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s request of not to oppose the project. In a letter to Yediyurappa, Stalin mentioned that constructing a dam at Mekedatu is against the verdict of the Supreme Court and will also affect the welfare of the farmers in Tamilnadu,” the release stated.

It also said that Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan met Union Jal Sakthi Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and requested him to take appropriate action in the issue.

It may be noted that Yediyurappa recently asserted that the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery will be implemented at all costs and that the people in the state should have no doubt about it.

 

NT Bureau