I defended you on Cauvery issue, Jayalalithaa tells Modi

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 13 Juni 2014 | 08.20

CHENNAI: In yet another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged him to order the formation of a Cauvery management board and the Cauvery water regulation committee immediately.

In her 23-page letter, the chief minister countered each and every point of a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister by the Karnataka government.

Jayalalithaa said she had been defending the Centre despite pressure from other political parties in the state. "Even during our conversation, I had stressed the absolute necessity and urgency for the formation of the Cauvery management board and the Cauvery water regulation committee. I was given to understand that steps are being taken by the Government of India and matters were proceeding," she said.

Jayalalithaa mentioned the recent reported remarks of Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah Naidu that there was no proposal by the Government of India to form the Cauvery management board. "I had chosen to ignore his (Ananth Kumar) statement and even defended you when there were protests from various political parties in Tamil Nadu. I had stated that since your government had been formed recently, some time had to be given to the Central Government to take action to form
the Cauvery management board," she point out.

However, within two days, there was another statement from Naidu that reiterated that there was no proposal to form the Cauvery management board, she said. "I also chose not to raise even this matter with you. In response to belligerent protests by political parties in Tamil Nadu, once again I defended you by saying that such a statement had not emanated from the Prime Minister or from the Union minister for water resources," Jayalalithaa said.

"However, I am now compelled to write this letter, which has been necessitated by the meeting you had with an all-party delegation from Karnataka led by the chief minister of Karnataka, who submitted a memorandum to you," she noted.

Jayalalithaa alleged that the memorandum (presented by Karnataka), replete with prevarications and misleading statements, was aimed at making the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal nugatory.

"This is something which I could not ignore and I am constrained to point out the trials and tribulations faced by Tamil Nadu to get its legitimate and due share of water from a recalcitrant, upper riparian state, which considers itself as having a natural superior right over all the waters of the inter-state river Cauvery," she said.

While recalling the legal fights with the Karnataka government from the beginning, Jayalalithaa allege that the Karnataka government did not at any time honour the interim order of the tribunal which is tantamount to an order of the SC by law and did not even once release water according to tribunal order. "Only the surplus flood waters, which its reservoirs could not hold flowed to Tamil Nadu," she said.

Jayalalithaa said the final order of the tribunal was notified on February 19, 2013 after her vigorous efforts. She said the
constitution of the Cauvery management board was not optional but an integral part of the final order itself, which has been notified. She said that the Congress-led UPA government dragged its feet for political considerations and had not formed the board until it demitted office.

"I would like to point out here that unless the Cauvery management board is formed, the notification will be only on a piece of paper as stated by the tribunal," she said.

She mentioned that the Tamil Nadu government was not able to open the Mettur dam for irrigation on the scheduled date of June 12.

She said any objection raised by the Karnataka government to the implementation of the decision would be an unconstitutional step and should not be encouraged. It is not open to the Karnataka to raise any objection to the implementation of the decision. The decision of the tribunal is sacrosanct and is on par with a decision of the Supreme Court. "If the Government of Karnataka cannot raise an objection to the decision of the Supreme Court, equally it cannot raise any objection to the decision of the tribunal," Jayalalithaa said.

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