Coming down heavily on MDMK
leader Vaiko for threatening to wave black flags at Prime
Minister Narendra Modi whenever he visited Tamil Nadu, Union
Minister Pon Radhakrishnan Tuesday said he was making such
remarks to "please someone."
"Modi will definitely visit Tamil Nadu and is ready to
face any sort of agitation, including black flag
demonstration," he told reporters at the airport here.
Vaiko was making the comments to "please someone" for
"political favour," he said.
Taking a dig at Vaiko, Radhakrishnan said the MDMK
supremo broke away from DMK, accusing it of conspiring against
him and had vowed to teach a lesson to the party.
But he was now showering praises on DMK and wanted to
make its leader (MK Stalin) the Chief Minister, he said.
Claiming that the MDMK wanted to remain in the DMK
front, the senior BJP leader said many in the DMK considered
Vaiko as an "unwanted guest."
To a query on Mekedatu issue, Radhakrishnan said the
Centre has given approval only to prepare a project report and
not for construction of the dam.
Recently, the Central Water Commission had allowed
Karnataka to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the
construction of a balancing reservoir cum drinking water
project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery.
Last week, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had urged the
Centre to withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing
On relief measures in Gaja cyclone-hit areas in the
State, he said additional quantum of funds would be decided
after receiving the report from the central committee, whhich
visited the affected areas recently.
The November 16 cyclone, which affected 12 districts in
the state, had claimed 63 lives and left a huge trail of
destruction, damaging houses, crops, disrupting electricity
supply and uprooting lakhs of trees.
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