Madurai: Congress in Tamil Nadu on Saturday struck
a defiant pose on the Mullaperiyar dam issue, saying the party
was not bothered about who is ruling at the Centre or Kerala,
but would continue to protect the interests of the people of
"We are not bothered about who is ruling in Delhi or
Kerala. We want Tamil Nadu`s interest protected on the
Mullaiperiyar dam. We are firm on that," TNCC President
Gnanadesikan said while addressing party workers on "Congress
Stand on Mullaiperiyar and Koodankulam issue"
He said it would not be possible to bring down the dam`s
water level below 136 feet or decommission it as sought by
kerala, as several reports had stated the reservoir is quite
strong. "Tamil Nadu will have to wait for the Supreme verdict
to increase the dam level further."
Gnanadesikan sought to know how the Prime Minister could
be blamed for the vexed issue when no party in Tamil Nadu is
ready for talks and the only solution was through the court.
On problems faced by TamiL Nadu fishermen, allegedly being
attacked by Sri Lankan naval personnel, he claimed he was the
first to receive a call from fishermen`s associations after
taking over as TNCC President, seeking their release.
National Security Advisor ShivShankar Menon had agreed to
his suggestion to appoint a separate officer to negotiate the
release of fishermen.
"The Prime Minister is taking steps to get them released
and the good news will come after Pongal," he said.
Gnanadesikan alleged that some foreign forces were
financing the agitation by the locals against the Koodankulam
Nuclear Power plant and demanded that the government find out
how funds are being sent to these organisations.
The State and Centre should work together and start the
plant, from which Tamil Nadu would get 990 MW of the total
generation of 2000 MW, he said.