Chennai, Oct 9 : As the hitherto strong relations between the two neighbouring states appeared to be turning sour over the vexaious issue of sharing the waters of river Cauvery, agitations continued in Karnataka against the release while Tamil Nadu government announced filing of a contempt petition in the Supreme Court.
At an emergency meeting at the Secretariat, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa took the decision to move the contempt petition against the Jagdish Shettar led BJP government, the opposition DMK supremo and M Karunanidhi, who had also been grappling with this problem durig his five tenures as Chief Minister, urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to invoke Article 356 and impose President's Rule in Karnataka.
Mr Karunanidhi in a question-answer statement, also strongly criticised External Affairs minister S M Krishna, who hails from the simmering Mandya district in Karnataka, for writing to the Prime Minister to withdraw his direction as Chairman of CRA to release 9000 tmc ft of water to Tamil Nadu.Leaders of other political parties in Tamil Nadu including the Pattali Makkal Katchi(PMK), which ,however, has no representation in the current state Assmbly, the ruling AIADMK ally CPI and the Dalit party Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi(VCK). Whie the PMK alleged that Karnataka's act of stopping release of Cauvery water was tantamount to insulting the concept of sovereignty enshrined in the Constitution.
The CPI cadres courted arrest stagig a protest over karnataka's unilateral stand in the Delta areas like Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam. The VCK volunteers held protests in Chembarankoil in Nagapattinam district and burnt Mr Krishna in effigy for his alleged 'partisan attitude' to Karnataka.
The VCK also appealed to Ms Jayalalithaa to to convene an all party meeting and a state-wide bandh to in condemnation of the Shettar government. Mr Karunanidhi also indirectly demanded an all party meeting charging that unlike the Karnataka government, the Jayalalithaa government had not 'bothered to consult other political parties on the issue and had been 'taking decisions on her own'.