Chennai: DMK chief M Karunidhi on Tuesday ridiculed
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her decision to
erect a memorial for British engineer Penny Cuick, who had
built the Mullaiperiyar dam, when the state is faced with
several burning issues.
In the midst of Thane cyclone, Mullaiperiyar dam and
Koodankulam issues, "as there is nothing to announce
yesterday, a decision on memorial for Penny Cuick was
announced by the Chief Minister", he told reporters.
The former Chief Minister also said during his tenure he
had already erected a statue for the British engineer in 2000
Amid the simmering dam row involving Tamil Nadu and Kerala,
row, Jayalalithaa on Sunday had announced setting up of a
memorial for Cuick, who had constructed the dam over 116 years
ago. Kerala has been pressing for decommissioning the dam and
building a new one, citing safety concerns.
Replying to a question on the relief for Thane cyclone hit
people, Karunanidhi said mere announcements by Jayalalithaa
about allocation of Rs 850 crore and seeking Rs 5,000 crore
from the Centre towards relief works would not amount to their