Chennai: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
statement vouching for the safety of Mullaperiyar dam issue
still holds good as he had not completely taken it back, but
only part of it, Tamil Nadu Congress Comittee said here today.
"He did not take back the whole statement,but only part of
it. But his view that the dam is safe still remains," TNCC
president B S Gnanadesikan told reporters here, when asked
about the minister`s remarks, which drew flak from all
political parties in Kerala.
On Dec 17, Chidambaram had stated at a function in Chennai
that Kerala`s aprehension over safety of Mullaperiyar dam as
unnecessary and that the coming assembly bypoll in Piravom in
Kerala was the real reason for rising tempers over issue.
He withdrew it the next day after criticism from political
parties in Kerala, saying he had like other speakers made a
passing reference to the bypoll, which was unneccessary and
that it was not his intention to hurt anyone.
Gnanadesikan also harped on various problems faced by Tamil
Nadu fishermen, who have complained of increasing number of
attacks against them, allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel.
"During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit here last
month, I requested him to appoint a special officer to look
after Tamil fishermen`s issues with neighbouring Sri Lanka,"
"National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon who was
present also endorsed my idea. We hope we will soon get an
officer appointed," he added.