In his quest to unify Tamil Nadu’s voice in support for the Cauvery cause, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan met other party leaders such as Stalin, TTV Dhinakaran, Vijayakanth, Tamilisai Soundarajan, Velmurugan, Thirunavukarasu and K Balakrishnan on Monday.
Urging them to take part in the meeting that is to be held at the Metro Manor Hotel in the city on May 19, Kamal Haasan said MNM will only function as a tool in bringing different parties together.
“I believe that everyone will accept the invitation. When we met, no one asked me ‘what is going to come out of it?’ Some of them have even assured me of their presence. This dialogue will continue, should continue,” he said addressing the press.
Kamal also went on to elaborate that the advisory meeting is the result of farmers coming together and that MNM is only trying to galvanise support for the initiative. “Discarding political differences and difference in ideologies, all parties should come together in support of this initiative. The meeting itself is called Tamil Nadu’s Voice for Cauvery,” he added.
Kamal added he will also be inviting Rajinikanth and that he has requested to meet ruling party leaders in the state.
After a long delay, the Centre submitted a draft scheme to the Supreme Court on Monday. This progress comes after the apex court warned the Centre on May 8 that any further delay will amount to contempt of court, ordering the Union Water Resources Secretary to remain personally present with the draft scheme on the Cauvery water sharing mechanism on May 14.
Without fixing upon the nomenclature for the implementation of the Cauvery Water Management Scheme, the draft laid down ground rules for the constitution of it. Chairman of the board/authority/committee, to be appointed by the Centre, will have a proposed tenure of five years and also have four part-time members from the States. The draft also specified that the reservoirs would be operated in an integrated manner under the overall guidance of the authority. The next hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.