As the Supreme Court and the Central Water Commission had asked Andhra Pradesh government not to build the dam across the river, she categorically said that there was no possibility of the state  (Andhra Pradesh) taking up such a project at this crucial stage.

"However, after knowing the government's move through media reports, I consulted with senior government officials. On my advice Chief Secretary (Mohan Verghese Chunkath) wrote to the Centre, requesting it to advise Andhra Pradesh government not to take up any project there until the Supreme Court delivers a verdict", she said in a statement.

She assured that the rights of Tamil Nadu would be restored on the Palar river issue, just like she had done on the Cauvery water issue and Mullaiperiyar.

She was responding to DMK president M Karunanidhi's statement, opposing Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's remarks on constructing dams across Palar, saying it would affect three districts in Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa recalled that when her government was in power till 2006, Andhra Pradesh had not taken up the project. But after the regime changed in Tamil Nadu, the then DMK government, despite being a UPA ally, did not adopt steps to take up the matter through Supreme Court or urge the Centre to solve the matter through talks, she said.

After her party stormed back to power in 2011, the topic was discussed and she had requested the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting in Delhi on June 14, 2011 to advise Andhra Pradesh "not to go ahead with its project".

Taking a dig at arch-rival Karunanidhi, she said the latest statement by the 91-year-old DMK leader on the issue was an act of 'betrayal' for the people of Tamil Nadu.

(Agencies)

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