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September 23, 1999
TN will send team to urge PM on Cauvery
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is despatching three of his ministerial colleagues to New Delhi on September 25 to urge Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to prevail upon Karnataka to immediately release Cauvery water and save the standing Kuruvai crops in the delta region.
Talking to newspersons in Madras today, Karunanidhi said state public works minister Duraimurugan, agriculture minister Veerapandi S Arumugam and law minister Aladi Aruna would place before Vajpayee Tamil Nadu's demand. "As chairman of the Cauvery River Authority the prime minister was bound to act and ensure that Karnataka release water for Tamil Nadu", he added.
Karunanidhi said the CRA's monitoring committee meeting is being held at New Delhi on September 24 and Tamil Nadu chief secretary A P Muthusamy, a member of the panel, would attend it. Asked about Karnataka major irrigation minister K N Nage Gowda's clarification that Chief Minister J H Patel had never assured him (Karunanidhi) on the release of Cauvery water, a visibly provoked Karunanidhi retorted, "I spoke to Patel and not to Nage Gowda." "Let Patel confirm what Nage Gowda says is true or not," he added.
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