AIADMK general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha accepted the challenge by DMK president M. Karunanidhi for an open debate on the Cauvery issue, saying she was prepared to face him in the State Assembly. Repeatedly charging Mr. Karunanidhi with betraying the State on the emotive inter-State river water-sharing dispute with Karnataka, Ms. Jayalalalithaa said the DMK patriarch should make up his mind on accepting her challenge and announce it publicly “lest he himself accepts that he had betrayed” the people. Addressing an election rally in Arani, she recalled that Mr. Karunanidhi had in a recent public meeting at Tiruvarur asked if the two could debate the issue in the Assembly. “I accept Karunanidhi’s challenge. I am ready to discuss the Cauvery issue in the next assembly session to be convened after the Lok Sabha elections. I am ready to list out Karunanidhi’s betrayals,” she said. The Chief Minister laid down a condition that only Mr. Karunanidhi should face her and not his trusted deputy Duraimurugan or some other representative. “Is Karunanidhi ready to accept this? Is he ready to come to the Assembly? Is he ready to debate with me directly? He should declare whether he accepts this or not. Or else it would amount to him admitting that it is true that betrayals were done (by him),” she said. The “betrayals” of the Karunanidhi government included allowing Karnataka to construct dams across the river besides not taking steps for publishing the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal in the Central gazette, she charged.
Jayalalithaa lists projects expected to bridge gap Tamil Nadu will have surplus power by the end of this year, Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa has said. Addressing a public meeting, she said: “The State will get 230 MW after NLC expansion by July. The NLC-TNEB joint venture project at Tuticorin will generate another 387 MW. The Vallur third unit will start contributing 350 MW from August. Besides, agreements have been signed for purchase of 3,300 MW for 15 years. The Sholapur-Raichu r power line, now under trial, will be available for commercial use shortly and contribute another 1,208 MW to the State. The Kudankulam second unit will supply 462 MW by the end of this year.” “When I took charge as Chief Minister in 2011, the State’s requirement was 11,000 MW, against the generation of 8,000 MW. Certain amount of time is required to bridge the 3,000-MW gap,” she said.