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Updated: 04-12-2018 16:57 IST

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

the DPR.

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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