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DMK opposes apex court’s Mullaperiyar dam panel

Chennai, Feb 20 (Calcutta Tube) A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said that the state has not lost anything in the Mullaperiyar dam case, his party Saturday announced its opposition to the Supreme Court-constituted five member committee to review the dam’s safety.

A resolution passed by the DMK’s general council Saturday not only opposed the apex court’s decision Thursday to form a five member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India A.S. Anand to go into all issues relating to the dam’s safety and the storage level but also said the state government will not nominate any member to it.

The court had asked both Tamil Nadu and Kerala, fighting a legal battle over the Mullaperiyar dam, to nominate one technical expert each as members of the panel, while the central government was to nominate two more neutral technical experts.

The DMK’s general council also deliberated on 29 resolutions on issues ranging from price rise to the Sri Lankan Tamils’ situation.

The general council opposed any hike in fuel prices and in another resolution, urged the central government to take effective steps to stem the increase in prices of essential items.

On the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, the resolution said the central government should prevail upon the island nation’s government to ensure devolution of powers to Tamils.

Another resolution condemned AIADMK General Secretary J. Jayalalithaa’s speech on the sugarcane procurement price issue.

One interesting sidelight of the general council meeting was the presence of two AIADMK legislators – Radhakrishnan and Rajendran – sporting the DMK badge. Former AIADMK legislator S.Ve. Shekhar was also present at the meeting.

The DMK’s executive council had also met earlier in the day.

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