Seeking the Centre's "hand of friendship" in solving inter-state water disputes, DMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has said his party's alliance with Congress was for national integrity and harmony.
"The Centre should extend to us a hand of friendship considering our situation (in the Mullaperiyar). We are asking the hand not just for elections or solving inter-state water disputes like Mullaperiyar (with Kerala) and Cauvery (with Karnataka) but for national integrity and harmony," he said in his address at the DMK's general council here yesterday.
DMK headquarters on Sunday released excerpts of Karunanidhi's address to the council, where he said the Centre and other states must realise that the "handshake" with Centre was being asked in the interest of the nation. "I hope they realise."
In his interaction with reporters after the general council meeting, Karunanidhi had sought Centre's intervention in inter-state water disputes in order to maintain national integrity and sovereignty.
Even on Mullaperiyar issue, the state was resorting to legal recourse to uphold its rights and therefore "we are not enemies of the country's sovereignty and integrity," he told the General Council.
He said a day will come when those opposed to the welfare of Tamil Nadu will be exposed.