Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has convened a consultative meeting on July 12, of all parties with representation in the Assembly, to discuss the Mekedatu dam issue.
The government said on Friday (July 9) that the proposed meeting is to reflect the unanimous views of all sections in Tamil Nadu to protect the interests of farmers.
A few days ago Stalin wrote to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa stating that the proposed dam went against the Supreme Court verdict and also would affect interests of Tamil Nadu farmers.
Hence, never would Tamil Nadu allow the construction of the dam and this was conveyed to Karnataka in Stalin’s letter to Yediyurappa.
The CM’s letter to Yediyurappa was in response to the latter’s communique urging Tamil Nadu government to not oppose the Mekedatu dam initiative.
Earlier, Stalin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan called on Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Delhi.
The interests of farmers of Tamil Nadu should be guarded and appropriate action should be taken by the union government, the two leaders had urged Modi and Shekhawat.
Against this background, the meeting has been convened and Stalin has extended invitations to all legislature parties in the Assembly, the government said.
Earlier CM Yediyurappa asserted on Tuesday (July 6) that Karnataka will implement the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery, and people of the state should have no doubts about it.
“Things are favourable for us in this regard, there is no question of halting it for any reasons. We will implement the Mekedatu project within the legal framework and complete it, no one can stop it,” Yediyurappa said in response to a question.
Addressing reporters here, he said, “I had requested the Chief Minister (of Tamil Nadu) for doing it (implementing the project) in a friendly manner, as it will benefit both states, but for some reasons he did not respond properly, but still we will implement the Mekedatu project, let people of the state have no doubt about it.”
(With inputs from PTI)