Chennai/ Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 12 (): DMK leader M K Stalin addressing the party cadres observing a one day fast over the Mullai Periyar issue cautioned Kerala from playing with the lives of public in Southern Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Tamils living in Kerala joined Kerala groups who are observing fasts for a new dam. MDMK announced plans to seal exit points in Tamil Nadu to enforce a blockade of goods to Kerala. Actor Prakash Raj attending the IFFK termed the politicians’ action on both sides of the border as ‘idiotic’ and blamed Centre of inaction.
“Political parties in Kerala are carrying out false propaganda about the safety of Mullai Periyar dam,” Stalin said. DMK will organise a human chain Wednesday in Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga, Dindugal and Ramanathapuram districts.
Observing a token fast by Tamils in Kerala, All Kerala Tamizh Federation president P M Abubacker said that about 10 lakh Tamils living in Kerala would be killed if anything happened to the dam. Rajamani, coordinator of the function which was organised by the Tamil Kalai Valarchi Manram, Kottayam, said that a memorandum would be sent to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa demanding a new dam at Mullai Periyar.
Six of these entry/exit points are in Coimbatore. Our functionaries will block traffic at K K Chavadi, Gopalapuram, Anaikatti, Valanthayamaram, Nadupuni and Venthavalam on that day,” Kovai district Easwaran of MDMK said. He said that the outfit would wait for about two weeks and take a decision on taking out a march to Mullai Periyar and organizing a fast at Chappathu.
Eswaran distributed DVDs containing a “factual documentary” on the Mullai Periyar dam produced by the Tamil Nadu PWD Senior Engineers Association. “We are distributing the DVDs to spread awareness among the people that the dam structure is strong and safe. We are planning to screen this short film on the dam in all villages,” he said. D Thirukkural Arasu, retired Chief Engineer of Tamil Nadu Public Works Department explained how there was no immediate threat to Mullai Periyar dam’s structure as projected by Kerala.