DMK Govt has failed to protect state's interests: Vaiko

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Tiruchirapalli, Nov 19 (UNI) Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko today reiterated that the minority DMK Government in Tamil Nadu had failed to protect the interests of the state in Mullaperiyar and Palar river issues as well as in the Cauvery water dispute.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Vaiko alleged that the ''lethargic'' attitude of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had cost the state its ''rights'' in these three major river water issues.

The Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre had also failed to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu, he alleged.

Kerala Chief Minister Achuthanandan had presented a ''false picture'' to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Mullaiperiyar issue, he charged.

Mr Karunanidhi's failure in apprising the ''real situation'' was the main reason behind the Kerala Government's decision to construct a new dam across Mullaiperiyar. The state had also opened a site office for the purpose, Mr Vaiko said and added that the Kerala Government's move would ''endanger'' the nation's ''integrity''.

He said the MDMK would observe a day's fast under his leadership at Madurai on December seven, to protest against the failure of the state government and the Centre to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu in the Mullaiperiyar issue.

Another token fast would be organised at Vellore on December one to protest against the government's failure, on the Palar river issue, he added.

On the recent killings of a DMK functionary at Tiruvarur and an AIADMK functionary at Chengalpattu, he said the ''atrocities'' of the anti-social elements had flared up once again due to the ''soft approach'' of the DMK Government.

Criticising the Centre for ''not rendering justice'' to the farmers here without fixing the same Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy as that of wheat, Mr Vaiko urged the Centre to fix the MSP for paddy at Rs 1,000 per quintal.

On the Sri Lankan Tamils' issue, Mr Vaiko wanted the Centre to stop its assistance to Sri Lanka and withdraw the radar facility offered to the island nation.

UNI

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