Centre `slack` on Mullaperiyar issue: DMK

DMK, a key partner of Congress-led UPA, on Thursday accused the Centre of remaining `slack` on the Mullaperiyar dam issue.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 19:08 PM IST

Chennai: DMK, a key partner of Congress-led UPA, on Thursday accused the Centre of remaining `slack` on the Mullaperiyar dam issue as it pledged its cooperation for any `constructive` effort taken by ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.
Participating in the one-day special session of the
state Assembly to adopt a unanimous resolution to assert Tamil
Nadu`s rights over the century-old dam, Stalin said the Centre
was `slack` on solving the issue, echoing the views of his
father and DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

The 88-year-old DMK patriarch had recently said the Centre
was known for taking `belated decisions` and insisted that it
should at least now take timely action on the dam row
involving Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Stalin, the DMK floor leader, also charged Kerala with
showing "no respect," for Tamil Nadu.

Assuring DMK`s support to the AIADMK Government on the
issue, he said "we wholeheartedly welcome any constructive
effort by the government.. we will cooperate with it."
Tamils and their property was being targeted and his own
party colleague and legislator N Eramakrishnan was a victim,
he said.

A fuel station and some other property owned by
Eramakrishnan, representing Cumbum constituency bordering
Kerala, were targeted recently allegedly in the wake of the
dam row.

Holding that the existing structure was weak, Kerala wants
to construct a new dam in its place while Tamil Nadu is
stiffly opposed to it saying the dam was safe.

PTI