Kottayam, Nov 2 (UNI) Kerala Congress leader and former Minister K M Mani, MLA, today came down heavily on the State Government for not taking a firm stance to protect the interests of the State in the Mullaperiyar issue.
Addressing reporters here, he contended that in wake of the Tamil Nadu Government's ''negative stance'' towards the demand of the State and ''violation'' of the agreement, Kerala should cancel the Mullaperiyar agreement and take control of the dam.
Under the lessor - lessee relationship, the State Government had every right to cancel the agreement. Steps for constructing a new dam should be taken up only after cancelling the agreement, he said.
Mr Mani appealed to the State Government to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, as it was a matter concerning the life of the people of the State.
The Congress in Kerala was not against giving water to Tamil Nadu, but the safety of the people should be ensured, he said.