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Kerala leaders raking up dam for bypoll: DMK

DMK on Wednesday alleged that Kerala politicians were raking up the Mullaperiyar dam issue with an eye on the coming bypoll to a lone assembly seat.

Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

Theni (TN): The DMK on Wednesday alleged that Kerala politicians were raking up the Mullaperiyar dam issue with an eye on the coming bypoll to a lone assembly seat as its outcome could have a bearing on the stability of Congress-led UDF government now ruling with a slender majority.
"It is important for both the Congress and the Left
parties to win the byelection. If the UDF loses, it will have
an equal number of MLAs as that of Left Democratic Front and
it will be a problem for them. Hence they are focussing on
Mullaperiyar issue in order to get votes," DMK Treasurer M K
Stalin said.

Leading DMK`s human chain agitation in five southern
districts whose irrigation needs are met by the Mullaperiyar
dam, he charged Kerala politicians including Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy and CPI-M leader V S Achuthananthan with
carrying out a "planned campaign" about the dam`s safety with
an eye on bypoll to Piravom segment in Ernakulam district.

"They are carrying out a planned campaign holding that
the dam is weak which is not true. Even Chandy and
Achuthananthan are united in this which could result in
violence," Stalin, son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, said here
addressing protesters of the human chain organised to assert
Tamil Nadu`s rights over the dam.
"This is an election strategy which will betray the
people of south Tamil Nadu. Such a campaign by the Kerala
politicians could create bad blood between the people of the
two states," Stalin cautioned.

He assured that the people`s sentiments will be conveyed
by his party in the special assembly session tomorrow convened
to discuss the dam issue.

Noting that Karunanidhi did not want to politicise the
issue as it "involved the livelihood of southern districts",
he recalled the DMK chief`s demand for Centre`s intervention
to find an amicable solution without any delay. "If the Centre
do not do so... we will continue our struggle."

The human chain is the second phase of protest by DMK on
the issue this week. It had organised a day-long fast on
Monday.

PTI