Vastavam web: In what appears to be a bid to shift the political onus on DMK on the Cauvery issue, senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai today said his party would consider moving a no-trust motion in Parliament against the NDA government if Congress supported it.”Stalin says AIADMK should bring a no-trust motion (on Cauvery issue). We are ready to bring it,” he told reporters at the airport.”Let Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi issue a statement (indicating support), they (DMK) are in alliance with them (Congress) only if they (Congress) support, we will get the (requisite) numbers,” he said.
Seeking to make his party’s position clear,Thambidruai, a senior AIADMK leader from Western Tamil Nadu, said such a no-trust move would however be only for the Cauvery issue.Thambidurai said Tamil Nadu’s demand seeking setting up of Cauvery Management Board should become a “people’s movement” in the state just like the popular stir seeking nod for the bull taming sport of Jallikattu of last year.
“To solve the Cauvery issue, this should become a people’s movement transcending party barriers,” he said adding through such a transformation, the Centre could be persuaded to set up the CMB.The hunger strike demonstration announced by AIADMK on April 3 would help take forward such a goal for the people’s movement, he said and added that people were already coming forward with their support in this regard.
Thambidurai’s assertion on the no trust move comes against the backdrop of Congress ruled Karnataka going to the polls next month, where Cauvery is an emotive issue like in Tamil Nadu.DMK, the prinicpal opposition party in Tamil Nadu, has been relentless in its attack on the ruling AIADMK over Cauvery.With the support of its ally the Congress, and friendly parties, including CPI, CPI(M), DMK has also announced a state-wide shutdown on April 5.Farmers organisations and a traders body have given a bandh call on April 3 over the Cauvery issue and on the same day ruling AIADMK will hold hunger strike across Tamil Nadu.