Jayalalitha says Cong, BJP can't form govt in TN

Chennai, Feb 15 : Accusing both the Congress and the BJP of siding with Karnataka on the Cauvery row, AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said it would be impossible for these two national parties to form a government in the State. Speaking after solemnising marriages for 65 couples organised by the party to commemorate her 65th birthday celebrations, Ms Jayalalithaa said "both the Congress and BJP, which have the possibility of forming a government in Karnataka, did not enjoy any support or popularity in Tamil Nadu as they have been siding with Karnataka on the Cauvery issue".

"It will be impossible for both national parties -- the Congress and the BJP -- to form a government in Tamil Nadu as none of them enjoyed any support in the state', she added. She claimed the Centre too did not have the heart to notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

Reiterating her charge the Centre has been turning a blind eye to the demands of Tamil Nadu, Ms Jayalalithaa claimed ever since she assumed office as Chief Minister for the third time, she had been facing a number of hardships and hurdles from the Centre, which had been continuously meting out injustice to the State. "The Centre has been depriving Tamil Nadu its due rights. It is not even providing the required quantum of Kerosene to the state. Same is the situation in respect of power", she said. "The Centre has been either delaying or denying the financial package sought by the State and was not even granting digital licence for the Arasu Cable TV Corporation', she said, adding, the state government has been forced to get orders from the Supreme Court for convening the Cauvery River Authority Meeting.

"Above all, the Centre does not have the heart to notify the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal', she said and launched an indirect attack on the DMK, saying it was enjoying the fruits of power and singing paens to the decisions of the Centre. Ms Jayalalithaa said, overcoming all the obstacles posed by the Centre, her government has been creating history by implementing various welfare schemes for the people.

'For the first time in the history of India, Rs 15,000 per acre has been given as compensation to the farmers who have suffered crop losses (due to non release of Cauvery water by Karnataka) in the drought-hit delta areas. "This was appreciated even by opposition parties," she claimed and added the Tamil Nadu Government has become the role model for other states, 'which had been replicating the schemes launched by her regime.'

Noting Karnataka had stoutly rejected to release even a single drop of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Ms Jayalalithaa said the Centre, too, maintained silence on this. "My government approached the Supreme Court following which Tamil Nadu was able to get 66 TMC ft water from Karnataka. After waging a legal battle, we have established our rights,' she added. Castigating both the Centre and the DMK for not taking any steps during the last six years to get the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal notified in the government gazette, Ms Jayalalithaa said only after her government moved the Supreme Court, it had directed the Centre to notify the final award by February 20. "This is a victory for our resilience and perseverance', she added.

Sounding the poll bugle ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due next year, Ms Jayalalithaa exhorted her party workers to strive for the victory of the party in all the 40 seats (39 in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry), that would ensure formation of a government at the Centre which would pay heed to the demands of the State. "To make Tamil Nadu the Numero Uno state in India, to prevent the Cavuery Delta areas from becoming a desert, to restore the rights of the state and to ensure that our voices are heard in New Delhi, it is imperative that we should win all the 40 Lok Sabha seats', she said and appealed to the party workers to work keeping this goal in mind.

- Agencies

Published On : Feb 15, 2013