Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 10th edition of Defence Expo in Chennai, actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan took to Twitter and shared a video message for the Prime Minister.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “deliver the justice that Tamil Nadu is seeking” on the Cauvery water dispute. In a video on Twitter, Haasan said Modi could use his “previous experience with the Narmada water board authority” to “deliver justice” to Tamil Nadu.
Kamal also pointed out that there was a widespread belief that the delay in framing a scheme in on account of the elections in Karnataka and the BJP’s interests in that state.
The Supreme Court had on February 16 ordered the Centre to set up a Cauvery Water Management Board within six weeks. On April 9, the top court rebuked the Centre for not following its orders and asked it to file its draft scheme on the implementation of the directive by May 3.
The Centre’s failure to constitute a Cauvery Water Management Board has led to major protests in Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday, protestors tried to enter the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where an Indian Premier League match was scheduled.
Political parties have also protested against the Centre’s inaction. The ruling Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s legislators staged a hunger strike on April 2. The Opposition in the state had observed a shutdown on April 5. Actors like Hassan, Rajinikanth, Vijay, Vishal, Sivakarthikeyan, Udhaya and Aarthi Ganesh joined a day-long protest by the Tamil film industry body last week.
In the video that runs for a little over a minute, Kamal Hassan, speaking in English, appeals to Modi to deliver justice to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on the Cauvery issue.
“I am Kamal Haasan and this is an open video to my honourable Prime Minister. Sir, I am sure you are aware of the crisis that is gripping Tamil Nadu over the Cauverywater. I believe, from your past experience, you could easily deliver justice in the case of Narmada River Water Board.”
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 12, 2018
“There is a feeling among all sections of people in Tamil Nadu that the delay in the case of the Cauvery water is due to the election in Karnataka and your interest in it. I request you to dispel that belief and deliver justice to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” he said.
Kamal said he would follow up this with an open letter to the Prime Minister so as to ensure that he had not missed any points in his anxiety through the video appeal.
Last week, however, hearing Tamil Nadu’s contempt petition, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to frame a draft scheme by May 3.