Chennai: Expressing dissatisfaction over the action taken so far by the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments on Mullaperiyar row, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday demanded that the ruling AIADMK immediately convene an all-party meet to show that all sections of society are united on the issue.

"We should firmly announce that we are united on this issue and I believe that an all-party meeting will be useful in this regard," he told reporters at the end of an emergent meeting of the party's Executive here to discuss the issue.

An all-party meeting would send the right signals that there is unity in Tamil Nadu on the decades-old controversy, he said.

To a question, he expressed "dissatisfaction," over the action taken so far by both the Centre and the Jayalalithaa government on this issue.

Recently, Jayalalithaa had ruled out a special assembly session or an all-party meeting to discuss the issue on the plea that all parties are united on the issue.

Karunanidhi also said that DMK would stage a hunger strike and a 'mammoth human chain' next week in protest against Kerala's demand to dismantle the structure and reaffirm Tamil Nadu's right on the dam, including storing water at 142 feet, as directed by the Supreme Court.

"To emphasis the aims and perspectives of DMK, establish the determination of Tamil Nadu on the issue, echo the fact that Tamils are not subordinates to anyone and at the same time not make anyone subservient and to draw immediate attention of the Central government on this issue, it is resolved to observe a one-day fast on December 12," the party resolved.

While the hunger strike will be held in all corporations and municipal towns, the party will stage a "mammoth human chain" at Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai and
Dindigul- all of which receive Mullaperiar Dam water, it said.

Party Treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin will lead the agitation at Theni, Karunanidhi said, adding party seniors K Anbazhagan and Duraimurugan would head it in other districts. The resolution adopted by the DMK executive blamed 'narrow political considerations' by some persons in the neighbouring state for the "tension in the border areas."

"Provoked by Tamil Nadu's opposition to Kerala government's unjustifiable efforts to reduce water level and construct a new dam, workers of political parties and certain anti-social elements there have been indulging in violence for the last few days, attacking vehicles going from Tamil Nadu," it said.

Due to these actions, tension prevailed in border districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it said and expressed fear it would affect cordial relations between people of the two states.

Stressing the need for cordial relations, the party said personalities from either state like EVR Periar and Narayana Guru had been well-respected in the two states.

The resolution recalled Karunanidhi's 2007 speech at the
National Development Council meet, reaffirming the dam is safe and that Kerala should cooperate in increasing storage level to 142 feet.

"Periyar Dam has a historical importance... The issue of increasing the water level to its full capacity of 152 feet has remained unresolved for a long time," it said.

Even after Tamil Nadu completed work of strengthening the dam after apprehensions on its safety raised by Kerala in 1979 that state continued to insist that the water level of Periyar dam be maintained at 136 feet. Even after several rounds of talks between the two States, no consensus was reached," it said.

During reorganisation of states in 1956, Tamil Nadu 'gave up' Devikulam and Peermedu to Kerala. Similarly lease rights for 999 years for Tamil Nadu according to the October 29 1886 agreement were lost one by one due to Kerala’s 'adamant attitude and over ambitious approach', the executive alleged.

"Both States are inter-dependent for their socio-economic life and advancement. This has been the geographical arrangement created by nature itself. Therefore all concerned should realize that amicable solutions are not far-off, taking into consideration the bridges of relations between the two states and compulsion of inter-dependence," it said.

"Both States are inter-dependent for their socio-economic life and advancement. This has been the geographical arrangement created by nature itself. Therefore, all concerned should realise that amicable solutions are not far-off, taking into consideration the bridges of relations between the two states and compulsion of inter-dependence," the executive said.

The issue has snowballed in the last two weeks with Kerala raising the pitch for the new dam citing safety concerns about the existing structure.

Various political parties and social groups have staged protests in Kerala for a new dam after recent tremors in the region and rising water level in the dam in Idduki district.

Tamil Nadu has charged Kerala with whipping up panic and moved the Supreme Court for a direction to deploy CISF at the dam site, the scene of protests.

To a question on PMK leader Dr S Ramadoss' contention that the DMK government was 'lethargic' in implementing the 2006 Supreme Court order on raising storage level, Karunanidhi said the issue is now pending before the Apex Court and there was no point in accusing each other.

"Instead of speaking in one voice for the future of Tamil Nadu and the livelihood of farmers, it is not proper to be responding to each other's criticism. It not required too,"
Karunanidhi said.

(Agencies)