Theni: DMDK founder Vijayakanth on Wednesday
said all 39 MPs from Tamil Nadu should resign to register
their protest over the Mullaperiyar dam issue and hit out at
DMK for failing to resolve the dispute during the five years
it was in power.
Addressing a demonstration in this town, where people
have been staging protests over the last few days against
Kerala`s call to decommission the dam, he said the MPs should
understand and respect the feelings of the people and
tender their resignations.
He said even his party MLAs would resign if it serves any
purpose. "But then Tamil Nadu will be left without an
effective opposition party," he said.
Lambasting the DMK for its "inaction" on the issue, he
said "none would be fooled" by their agitations on
"Whom are they trying to cheat... they were in power for
five years and have MPs in Delhi. But they remained silent
there and are holding demonstrations here," he said.
Pointing out that an agreement had been signed long back
entitling Tamil Nadu to use the waters of the Mullaperiyar
dam, he said it was not right on Kerala`s part to demand that
it be decommissioned.
He suggested that the Centre should bring the
Mullaperiyar dam under Army control if Kerala continued its "adamant