New Delhi: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday accused the Centre of politicising the Cauvery water sharing issue and asked it to withdraw the petition submitted seeking modification in the Supreme Court order.
The AIADMK MPs, led by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai, took out a protest march from Parliament House to the Prime Minister's Office in South Block after the 49-member contingent was allegedly denied permission to meet the PM.
"The central government is engaged a political game. They want to politicise the issue," Thambidurai told reporters after the march was stopped by the security personnel in front of the PMO.
"We want them to withdraw the modification petition submitted in the apex court and constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The Centre is duty bound to uphold the majesty of law, decision of Supreme Court and final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal," Thambidurai said.
A seven-member team of MPs, later, met the PMO officials and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention in constituting the CMB. The AIADMK MPs, in their memorandum, accused the Centre taking a stand against Tamil Nadu and its farming community.
"We were shocked to hear that the Government of India has filed an Interlocutory Application on 3 October, 2016, inter alia praying that the directions of the Supreme Court to set up a Cauvery Management Board be reviewed and recalled. This is a total shock and a complete reversal of the stand that the Government of India has been taking thus far.... The stand taken by the Government of India is against the state of Tamil Nadu and its farming community," it said.
The memorandum to the Prime Minister also accused certain Union ministers of taking pro-Karnataka stand in the Cauvery issue. "The central ministers belonging to Karnataka have been vociferously supporting the stand of the Karnataka government to not release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. This is against the constitutional obligation cast on them to be neutral in any dispute between two states, as they are Union ministers for the whole country. This action of the Union ministers amounts to a grave injustice to the people of Tamil Nadu," it said.
The submission also urged the Prime Minister to direct the Water Resource Ministry to withdraw the modification petition.
All 49 MPs of AIADMK including 37 from Lok Sabha and 12 from Rajya Sabha participated in the protest march.
The Supreme Court had asked the Karnataka government to apprise it by Tuesday whether it has released water to Tamil Nadu as directed by it on 30 September.
The Centre had on Monday moved the apex court seeking modification of its earlier order asking it to constitute the Board by Tuesday.
On 30 September, SC had directed Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs water from 1-6 October, warning it that no one would know when the "wrath of the law" would fall on it.
The apex court had also directed the Centre to establish the board, saying once it was constituted, its team would visit the sites to take a prima facie view of the ground reality and submit a report.
On 1 October, Karnataka had moved a review petition in the apex court against its three orders on Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu and direction to the Centre to create the Board.
In its review petition, Karnataka said "grave miscarriage of justice" has been caused to it pursuant to the three apex court orders of 20, 27 and 30 September, by which it was directed to release 6000 cusecs of water till 6 October and the Centre was to constitute the Board by 4 October.