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PM's intervention sought in Cauvery issue

Karunanidhi seeks Manmohan Singh's intervention in the wake of reports of Karnataka Deputy CM ordering stoppage of water release from Cauvery into the state.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2007 16:09 IST

With reports of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister ordering stoppage of water release from Cauvery into Tamil Nadu, the state CM M Karunanidhi on Friday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention on the disputed issue.

Writing in DMK mouthpiece Murasoli, Karunanidhi said if the reports were true, it meant Yeddiyurappa (Karnataka Dy CM) had "scant respect" for rule of law and federalism.

Referring to Southern Railway General Manager's statement that railways had not made any official announcement on setting up of a new railway division in Salem, Karunanidhi said there could be no doubt in the formation of the division.

Quoting Minister of State for Railways R Velu, the DMK leader said Salem Division had already been announced and the limits determined.

Velu had said that talks between Tamil Nadu and Kerala was not necessary and Salem division would be inaugurated in August. Kerala had been opposing the move from the start.

Velu had also said that an official working under Railway Board could not comment on the board's decision and that he could not understand why an officer about to retire within a few days was making contradictory statements, he said.

On allegations against UPA Presidential candidate Pratibha Patil, he said already the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition against her.