Mullaperiyar: DMK to organise state-wide fasts

DMK on Friday announced it would organise fasts all over Tamil Nadu on December 12.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 14:04 PM IST

Chennai: DMK on Friday announced it would organise
fasts all over Tamil Nadu on December 12, demanding that the
Centre prevails upon Kerala to implement the Supreme Court
order, raising the storage level of Mullaperiyar Dam to 142
feet from 136 feet.

The party, which resolved to formulate a course of action
on the fasts to protest Kerala`s demand for construction of a
new dam, also decided to organise a human chain in five
southern districts -- Theni, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul
and Sivaganga on December 15, which benefit from the waters of
the dam.

DMK treasurer M K Stalin would head the human chain
agitation at Theni, the resolution said.

In a rare sign of unity, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi had
earlier this week echoed arch rival and Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa`s demand for deployment of Central
Industrial Security Force to protect the dam, which Kerala
wants to demolish to build a new one.

He had also charged the Centre and Kerala government with
failing to prevent violence against Tamils in Kerala.

The Mullaperiyar issue has come to the fore in the past two
weeks with Kerala raising the pitch for the new dam citing
safety concerns about the existing structure Kerala has been witnessing a series protests by various political parties and social groups for a new dam in the wake of recent tremors in the region and rising water level in the
dam in Kerala`s Idduki district but maintained by Tamil Nadu
under a 999 year lease.

In the ongoing row, Tamil Nadu has accused Kerala of
whipping up panic and moved the Supreme Court for a direction
to deploy CISF at the site, the scene of protests.

PTI