Nationalise rivers: Vaiko urges Centre
Marumalarchi DMK General Secretary Vaiko has urged the Union Government to take necessary steps for nationalising rivers across the country to protect the riparian rights of all states. Mr Vaiko made this observation while delivering his acceptance speech at a function to mark the release of a book 'Paralumandrathil Vaiko' penned by M Senthil Athiban here last night.
He said the country's sovereignty and integrity could be protected only by ensuring the riparian rights of States.
Otherwise, it would be questionable for the so-called sovereignty and integrity of the Country, he added.
He said even at the international level, no country was permitted to build a dam or prevent the flow of water. Could Sudan build a dam across the Nile?, he asked.
Mr Vaiko alleged Tamil Nadu was a victim of the 'vengeance' of Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh and the Centre was a mute spectator in Cauvery water, Mullaperiyar, and Palar disputes.
He warned that if the Centre continues to adopt such an attitude, the Tamil people would take a tough stand on it.
He also called upon the people of Tamil Nadu to teach a lesson to the Congress-led Union Government for betraying them in the Cauveri waters issue.
He wanted Tamil Nadu to retaliate by suspending power supply from Neyveli Thermal Power Station to Karnataka and also to stop the supply of pulses,rice and other eatable commodities to Kerala.