PM concerned over violence in TN-Kerala border

PM Manmohan Singh told Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu that he was "very much worried" over incidents of violence in border areas in the state and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Tuesday told Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu that he was "very
much worried" over incidents of violence in border areas in
the state and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue.

He told a delegation of Congress MPs from the state
that leaders and people of both states should remain calm and
patient till the issue is resolved in an amicable manner.

The delegation brought to Singh`s attention the
impression that the Centre was not doing enough to cool the
tempers over the issue.

"The Prime Minister said that he was very much
worried over the issue and that he wanted officials of both
states to meet first. He also noted that Tamil Nadu boycotted
lastweek`s meeting and assured us that further steps would be
taken," Virudhunagar MP Manicka Tagore said.

When the MPs told Singh about the alleged attack on
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Pannerselvam and other
incidents, the Prime Minister said he was "very much worried"
over such incidents and counselled patience till the issue is
resolved.

"The Prime Minister told us that he was worried after
several incidents on the border between the two states. He
said everyone has to remain calm. He said we have to wait for
the court verdict too," the MP said.

PTI