Centre should control violence in K'taka, TN: BJP

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New Delhi, Apr 3: The BJP today condemned the violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the implementation of the Hogenakkal drinking water project and asked the Centre to intervene to control the situation in the two southern states. BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said Karnataka was under President's Rule and Tamil Nadu was ruled by the DMK, a key partner in the ruling UPA.

''When there is an emotive controversy between the two states concerning Cauvery waters, the Centre has to take responsibility and ensure that the problem is resolved through a dialogue between the two states and there is no violence,'' he said. The BJP does not appreciate violence and it should be controlled immediately wherever it was occurring, Mr Prasad said.

When pointed that permission for the project was accorded in 1998 under the NDA regime, he said the decision at that time was that both sides should act in consultation with each other and the Centre should play the role of an ''objective umpire'' for ensuring smooth and peaceful implementation of the project.

Claiming that the Congress in Karnataka was complaining that the EC's decision to announce poll dates in the state was taken in a hurry, he wondered whether the party wanted indefinite postponement of elections. ''Do they want indefinite postponement of elections? Are they afraid of facing the people?'' he questioned.

Mr Prasad said early polls in Karnataka would allow the people of the state to get an elected popular government and would pave the way for resolving contentious issues through a dialogue.

UNI

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