Hogenakkal issue:TN BJP asks Karunanidhi to liaise with K'taka

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Chennai, May 25 (UNI) A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi gave the go-ahead for the Hogenakkal drinking water project, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President L Ganesan today appealed to him to take steps with the new government in Karnataka for implementing the Rs 1,334 crore project.

Talking to UNI here, he said Tamil Nadu should not adopt confrontationist attitude with Karnataka as it would affect the State's interests.

Describing BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa as a national leader, who commanded respect from Kashmir to Kanniyakumari, he exuded confidence that Mr Yeddyurappa would extend cooperation to solve the issue amicably.

Mr Ganesan claimed that Mr Karunanidhi had put the project on hold apparently to appease the Congress with the hope that the Congress would come back to power in Karnataka.

''But the scenario has changed now and Mr Karunanidhi should initiate friendly measures with the new government in Karnataka to solve the issue,'' he said, adding that Karnataka had no right to oppose the project, which would be implemented only by utilising the Cauvery waters flowing through Tamil Nadu.

Asked whether he would prevail upon Mr Yeddyurappa on the issue, Mr Ganesan, who had taken objection to the latter's opposition to the project, said ''I will do it at an appropriate time''.

It may be recalled that Mr Karunanidhi, who had put the project on hold last month following Karnataka's opposition and violence in both the States, gave the green signal on May 23, while chairing a review meeting of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply department, headed by Local Administration Minister M K Stalin.

He had directed the officials concerned to complete the project, envisaged to provide drinking water to the people of Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts where the ground water had high flouride content, as per the timeframe fixed by the Government.

Expressing happiness over the BJP's victory in Karnataka, Mr Ganesan said the party, which was branded as a 'northern party', had proved that it was a true national party and all set to form a government on its own for the first time in South India.

He extended his hearty congratulations to Chief Minister-in- waiting Yeddyurappa, who would be sworn in in a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the Tamil unit of the BJP celebrated the party's victory by bursting crackers and distributing sweets.

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