Jaya Throws Cauvery Ball back in MK Court - The New Indian Express

Jaya Throws Cauvery Ball back in MK Court

Published: 16th April 2014 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 16th April 2014 08:26 AM

AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that she was ready to take on the challenge of DMK president M Karunanidhi for an open debate on Cauvery issue.

Jayalalithaa, who was campaignging for the party candidates in Arni and Vellore, said, “I am ready for the debate in the Assembly. Is he ready to face me?” Her acceptance comes after Karunanidhi during a recent public meeting at Tiruvarur dared Jayalalithaa for an open debate on the Cauvery issue.

Criticising the DMK patriarch for acting against the interests of the people of the state in inter-state river disputes, Jayalalithaa said, “I will represent my party and participate in the debate on Cauvery and is Karunanidhi ready to come to the Assembly and face her, instead of deputing Durai Murugan or any other colleague.”

The AIAMDK supremo also made it clear that she would not accept anyone else other than Karunanidhi to represent the DMK in the debate. “Like I did, Karunanidhi should also declare whether he accepts my challenge or not. If he fails to respond, then it will be construed as he is admitting to the betrayals he did to the people of the state,” she said during an election campaign at Iraiyankadu in Vellore Constituency. Earlier in the day, she campaigned in Cheyyar in Arni constituency.

Accusing the DMK government and Karunanidhi of having betrayed the people of the state by allowing the Karnataka Government to construct dams across the Cauvery, she charged that the DMK did not take any steps to publish the Cauvery Tribunal’s final award in the Central Gazette.

She said that the AIADMK government has been implementing several projects to augment the electricity generation to meet the demand.

She also urged people to understand that the government would need adequate time to take steps and bridge this gap in supply and demand.

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