Dam row: Tension mounts on Kerala-TN borders

Toughening its posture further, Jayalalithaa govt convened a special Assembly session on Dec 15 to assert its right on the Mullaperiyar dam issue.

Chennai/Kumily: Toughening its posture
further, Jayalalithaa government on Sunday convened a special
assembly session on December 15 to assert its right on the
Mullaperiyar dam issue as tension rose on the border town of
Kumili with protestors from Tamil Nadu threatening to cross
into Kerala.

As the stridency grew on both sides, Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa announced the session, asserting the state would
not give up its rights over Mullaperiyar due to `imaginary
threats` on its safety and security raised by Kerala.
The Tamil Nadu government`s move comes two days after a
special sesson of the Kerala assembly passed a unanimous
resolution demanding construction of a new dam to replace the
116-year-old Mullaperiyar dam.

Jayalalithaa said the solution lies in presenting sound
technical and scientific data to the Supreme Court and
convincing it about the "justness of our stand."

"With regard to the present issue, neither my people nor
I and my government have got anything against the people of
Kerala or their government. We have no quarrel with the people
of Kerala," she said.

With tempers running high on both sides in the districts
of Idukki in Kerala where the dam is located and Theni in
Tamil Nadu, she urged people not to get carried away
emotionally and precipitate the situation and to disperse
"... destroying their (Keralites` in Tamil Nadu) property
or causing injury to them and in the process also causing
ourselves pain and hardship is not a solution," she said.


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