CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government is all set to file a contempt plea against the Centre for failing to meet a Supreme Court deadline to set up the Cauvery Management Board. The Supreme Court, on February 16, set a deadline of six weeks for the Centre to frame a scheme for the implementation of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) given in February 2007. The court had also stated that “no extension shall be granted for framing of the scheme on any ground.”
Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam tweeted that the ruling AIADMK will go on a hunger strike on April 2 on the issue. DMK meanwhile, attacked both the BJP and the AIADMK over the non-constitution of Cauvery Management Board. Working president of the Opposition party, Stalin however alleged that the ruling government was working overtime for the BJP's victory in Karnataka to escape from corruption cases.
“DMK won't file a contempt petition against the Centre as it is the state government's responsibility to take legal route. We will stage massive protests across Tamil Nadu after consulting other opposition parties. We will also show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits Chennai on April 15 for failing to implement the verdict on Cauvery within the stipulated time. O Panneerselvam has been demanding all of us to wait. The state government held a high-level meeting yesterday but the outcome of the meet was not known. This is a corrupt government. If the AIADMK members resign, we will make our representatives resign as well. We have repeatedly sent letters to PMO on Cauvery but we haven't received a reply from them,” Stalin said.
BJP however, maintains that the delay is not keeping in mind the Karnataka elections. Party spokesperson Narayanan Tirupathi said, “Since Karnataka government is not accepting the Centre's proposal, there is a delay. This is the final judgment of the SC and there is no way that politics is involved in this issue. Any government would try to abide by the SC judgment. Hence, there is no politics.”