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Katchatheevu island: Karuna seeking political mileage, says Jaya

Chennai: Lashing out at her arch rival and DMK president M Karunanidhi for moving the Supreme Court seeking retrieval of Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today termed it as a "political opportunistic drama" to hood wink people of the state.

She accused Karunanidhi of doing little to prevent ceding of the island through a pact in 1974 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and slammed him for betraying fishermen from the state, who have been suffering at the hands of the Sri Lankan authorities while fishing.

 Katchatheevu island: Karuna seeking political mileage, says Jaya

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

"He seems to have taken this decision for political mileage fearing I would succeed in this case like getting the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal notified in a Central gazette," she said, apparently pointing to her legal and political battle seeking annulling of the 1974 accord on Katchatheevu.

Jayalalithaa took a dig at the DMK patriarch for seeking the help of Congress to ensure her daughter Kanimozhi's victory in the recent Rajya Sabha election and dubbed it as "height of his selfishness".

"Karunanidhi did not take any step to stop ceding of the islet. He could have moved the court then citing the Berubari judgement by which the Supreme Court ruled against ceding of the area to east Pakistan. This was the first betrayal by Karunanidhi to fishermen of the state", she alleged in a strongly worded statement here.

Jayalalithaa accused that Karunanidhi committed "second betrayal" when his government failed to file a favourable response to her petition moved before the Supreme Court in 2008 seeking to declare the 1974 pact on Katchatheevu as illegal.

Slamming Karunanidhi, she accused him of "third betrayal" when he did nothing to pressurise the Centre to file a favourable response when the Union Government argued praying for dismissal of her petition.

"The time is not far off when the people of the state will teach him a lesson," she said.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 18, 2013 12:06:17 IST