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Mullaperiyar dam comment: P Chidambaram under attack from Kerala leaders

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ruling Congress-led UDF and the opposition parties in Kerala today condemned the statement of Union home minister P Chidambaram that Kerala was voicing “unnecessary fear” over the Mullaperiyar dam issue with an eye on the ensuing by-poll in an assembly segment in the state.

Chief minister Oommen Chandy said he would complain to the Congress high command about the statement while some of the leaders from both the UDF and the opposition LDF demanded that Chidambaram be dropped from the cabinet.

“The first thing we are going to do is to complain to the high command. The government and the party will convey our protest at Chidambaram’s statement,” Chandy told reporters at Kottayam.

Terming the Kerala government’s apprehension over safety of the Mullaperiyar dam as “unnecessary”, Chidambaram had said it was borne out of “bypoll fear”.

“It is an unnecessary fear. It is not even a temporary or a permanent fear. It is only a bypoll fear,” he said, apparently referring to the upcoming assembly bypoll to Piravom constituency in Kerala.

The problem would not have arisen if the Election Commission had conducted the bypoll to that seat, he said, suggesting that the issue had been raked up for political reasons.

Cutting across political lines, leaders slammed Chidambaram for taking a controversial and “one-sided” view on the vexed issue, over which Kerala and Tamil Nadu are locked in a long-drawn dispute.

They also said the statment had come at a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured an all-party delegation from Kerala of central initiative to resolve the tangle.

Former chief minister and CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan wanted Chidambaram to be removed from the cabinet as his statement not only “violated the Constitution” but also amounted to creating tension among the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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