Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday said his Government was taking all efforts to ensure the release of Cauvery water by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.
Karunanidhi's statement comes in the wake of the demand by AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa for his resignation on moral grounds since he has 'failed' to ensure release of water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu despite being in power in the state and the Centre.
Pointing that Jayalalithaa has all rights to comment as an opposition party leader, Karunanidhi in a letter to his partymen, said, "Despite the Government taking all its efforts in the matter, making statements that the Government has not taken any steps are meaningless".
"Jayalalithaa is making such statements at this point of time because of the forthcoming Assembly elections. The people of Tamil Nadu are well aware of it," he said.
The DMK president said it was his party which first requested the Centre to setup Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal in 1970.
"A letter urging the Centre to appoint a Tribunal was sent only by DMK in the Cauvery issue," Karunanidhi said, adding, when the party was in power in 1989, it was he who urged the then Prime Minister V P Singh to appoint a Tribunal.
"Cauvery is the lifeline of Tamil Nadu. He should have anticipated the situation (of Karnataka denying water) and taken action accordingly," Jayalalithaa had stated in her statement here.