Mullaperiyar report not a 'victory' against Kerala

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday said that the Supreme Court Empowered Committee report on Mullaperiyar dam's safety should not be construed as a 'victory' against Kerala, and it was only a matter of upholding Tamil Nadu's rights.

"There is no war happening between Tamil Nadu and Kerala and this is not a matter of victory or loss. It is only a matter of upholding of our rights," he told reporters here.

On the Committee's report vouching for the safety of the 119 year-old dam and that there was no need for a new structure, Karunanidhi said, "that is what we have been saying."

The Empowered Committee had on Friday in its report vouched for the safety of the 119 year-old dam, which has led to a stand-off between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Kerala insists that the existing dam be demolished on the grounds of safety while Tamil Nadu holds that it is strong.