PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Tuesday stated the Tamil Nadu authorities ought to urge the Centre to take motion towards Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who lately stated that the Union authorities ought to grant permission for constructing a dam in Mekedatu throughout the Cauvery with out asking any query.
In a press release, Mr. Ramadoss condemned Mr. Siddaramaiah’s feedback that Tamil Nadu had no floor to oppose the development of the dam and was unnecessarily inflicting hassle on this difficulty.
“It is wrong for Mr. Siddaramaiah to have commented against Tamil Nadu without even knowing the basics of the Constitution, federalism and the two-State water-sharing understanding,” he stated.
He stated Mr. Siddaramaiah had exhibited the “height of ignorance” by stating that Tamil Nadu mustn’t elevate an objection to Karnataka’s plan to assemble a check-dam throughout the State.
‘Can’t ignore rights’
“Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are not two different countries; they are two States within one country. Therefore, Karnataka cannot act on its own. It can function only within the Constitutional framework. Even when it comes to rivers that flow from one country to another, they cannot construct dams as they wish. International agreements should be respected. Karnataka cannot ignore the rights of Tamil Nadu,” he stated.
He stated the Cauvery Water Sharing Agreement, signed in 1924 between Chennai Province and Mysore State, and the ultimate verdict of the Cauvery Tribunal reiterated that Karnataka can’t construct the dam with out Tamil Nadu’s consent.
Besides, in 2015, the then Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi had stated that if Tamil Nadu’s approval was not obtained, Karnataka’s software for the Mekedatu Dam wouldn’t be thought of, Mr. Ramadoss added.