Around 50 lawmakers of Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK party on Tuesday marched to the South Block office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue of Cauvery river.
According to a report in NDTV, the legislators took out the march to demand setting up of a Cauvery Water Management Board of experts to assess the water needs of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in their dispute over the Cauvery river.
As per the report, the legislators claimed that they were sent to the national capital to take out the march by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who has been under treatment in an Apollo Hospital in Chennai. The protest, lawmakers said, is against the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court that it cannot create the board and needs the authorisation of Parliament to do so.
Senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai, who led today’s march from Parliament House, attacked both the ruling BJP and the Congress, saying “they are both the same when it comes to Tamil Nadu”.
“Today we handed over the memorandum to PM Modi. Cauvery Management Board will be constituted quickly,” said Thambidurai after meeting PM Modi.
“In India’s federal polity, the Government of India is expected to be neutral and fair to all the States of the Union. It is also duty bound to uphold the majesty of law and the decision of the Supreme Court and final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal,” the copy of the memorandum, released by the AIADMK stated.
The march comes a day after the Centre told Supreme Court that it cannot be directed to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB), but was setting up a technical panel to assess the situation between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Last week, the apex court had asked the Centre to set up by the board up today. Its members were to travel to both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to assess their needs.