Hogenakkal row: Kollywood backs Karunanidhi

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Chennai, Apr 4 (UNI) The Tamil film industry today pledged its whole-hearted support to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in resolving the controversy over the Hogenakkal drinking water scheme, even as Tamil superstar Rajnikant urged the leaders in Karnataka not to politicise the issue with an eye on elections.

An unanimous resolution was passed after a day-long fast by the Tamil film fraternity to condemn the attack on Tamils in Karnataka over the Hogenakkal row.

The resolution, read out by Tamil Nadu Film Producer's Council President Rama Narayanan, said all the associations in the Tamil film industry would stand by Mr Karunanidhi in all his efforts to protect the rights of Tamils.

Speakers at the fast venue spoke in one voice that the project was cleared ten years ago back and that Karnataka's permission was not required to utilise the Cauvery waters flowing in Tamil Nadu side, to implement the scheme.

Winding up the fast, which was a virtual show of strength as the who's who of Kollywood participated, Rajnikant urged the parties in Karnataka not to give political colour to the issue.

''It has to be nipped in the bud, because it will become a much bigger issue than the vexed Cauvery dispute between the two States.

Hogenakkal has become a serious and bigger issue,'' he said and appealed to Karnataka leaders H D Deve Gowda, H D Kumaraswamy, N Dharam Singh, Mallikarjuna Kharge, B S Yediyurappa and H N Ananth Kumar, besides Mr Karunanidhi to ensure that the issue was not politicised.

The project was aimed at quenching the thirst of the people in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, where the ground water had high flouride content.

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