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EPS, OPS meet Modi, discusses Mekedatu row

Chennai: A delegation of AIADMK leaders led by former Chief Ministers Edappadi K Palaniswami and
O Panneerselvam today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to accord permission for Karnataka to construct a dam at Mekedatu across River Cauvery.

Mr Palaniswami and Mr Panneerselvam, who are also the co-coordinator and coordinator of the AIADMK respectively, along with senior party leaders met Mr Modi at the Parliament annexe in New Delhi and discussed various issues concerning the State.

Later, talking to reporters, Mr Palaniswami, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, said they urged Mr Modi not to accord permission to Karnataka to build the Mekedatu dam and it would affect the interests of farmers in Tamil Nadu and affect flow of water for irrigation.

He said they also urged Mr Modi to implement the Godavari- Cauvery river linking project at the earliest as Tamil Nadu was a water starved state.

They also appealed to the Prime Minister to take immediate steps to prevent attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel, while thanking him for campaigning for the AIADMK-led Front in the recent Assembly polls.

They were expected to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah later in the day.

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