Mullaperiyar dam issue: PM concerned over violence

PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu that he was "very much worried" over incidents of violence in border areas.

Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 16:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu that he was "very much worried" over incidents of violence in border areas in the state and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue.
He told a delegation of Congress MPs from the state that
leaders and people of both states should remain calm and
patient till the issue is resolved in an amicable manner.

The delegation brought to Singh`s attention the
impression that the Centre was not doing enough to cool the
tempers over the issue.

"The Prime Minister told us that he was very much worried
over the issue and that he wanted officials of both states to
meet first. He also noted that Tamil Nadu boycotted last
week`s meeting and assured us that further steps would be
taken," Virudhunagar MP Manicka Tagore said.

When the MPs told Singh about the alleged attack on Tamil
Nadu Finance Minister O Pannerselvam and other incidents, the
Prime Minister said he was "very much worried" over such
incidents and counselled patience till the issue is resolved.
"The Prime Minister told us that he was worried after
several incidents on the border between the two states. He
said everyone has to remain calm. He said we have to wait for
the court verdict too," the MP said.

PTI