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Cauvery panel should be dissolved: CPI

In the coming Parliament session, the CPI would demand bringing a River Nationalisation Bill.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 19:19 IST

Expressing 'shock' over the majority decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal to ask the Centre to prepare a report on the water requirements of the riparian states, the CPI on Saturday demanded its dissolution and sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to resolve the issue at the earliest.

The two tribunal members NS Rao and Sudheer Narain, who had directed the Centre to form an expert committee to give a report on the cropping pattern and the water requirements of riparian states, should be immediately sacked, CPI state Secretary D Pandian told reporters in Chennai.

In the coming Parliament session, the CPI would demand bringing a River Nationalisation Bill.

It would also meet the leaders of all the political parties in Tamil Nadu to seek their approval for this.

Cauvery Delta farmers in Tamil Nadu need not get unduly perturbed over the issue and should remain calm, he said.

Pandian expressed shock over the Centre's decision to import 30 lakh tons of wheat and said the government was already allowing import of cooking oil, pulses and lentils of various kinds.

"This has only shown the neglect of the Indian agriculture sector. Hence the CPI will certainly rake up the issue in the coming parliament session", he said.

Earlier, Pandian and another CPI leader C Mahendran released an audio-cassette for use during campaigning for the May 8 assembly polls.

First Published: Apr 22, 2006 19:19 IST