Chennai : The Principal Opposition AIADMK today hit back at Tamil Nadu
Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan for his remarks on the Mullaiperiyar dam row
with Kerala and said the ruling DMK should explain to the farmers as to why the water
was released from the dam even before the water level reached 142 ft as stipulated by
the Supreme Court.
In a statement here, AIADMK Coordinator and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam
rebutted the Minister’s charge during his visit to the dam on Friday that he has no moral
right to speak on the issue as he had not visited or inspected the dam during the ten
years of AIADMK rule.
Pointing out that he had visited the dam at least 14 times since 2002, he said the AIADMK
has the moral right to speak on any issue concerning the people of the State.
Questioning the need to release the water from the dam to Kerala when the storage had
not reached the court permitted level of 142 ft, he said if the government failed to explain
the circumstances leading to the release of water from the dam, the DMK would have to
face the consequences.
Stating that the DMK government owed an explanation to the farmers, he said the question
whether the release of water was an arbitrary action of Kerala or Tamil Nadu gave its nod for
it, remained unanswered.
“If it was an arbitrary action of Kerala, how come officials from Tamil Nadu were present
during the event”, Mr Panneerselvam asked and listed out the steps taken by the previous
AIADMK regime to protect the rights of Tamil Nadu on the Mullaiperiyar dam row and the
Cauvery river water issue involving Karnataka.