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Jayalalithaa failed to resolve inter-State disputes: Ramadoss

Saturday 8 April 2006

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Lauds Centre’s move to increase quota in educational institutions "They could have been resolved had the Ms. Jayalalithaa met with the Chief Ministers of neighbouring States."

ARCOT: Inter-State disputes issues could have been resolved to some extent had Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met with the Chief Ministers of neighbouring States during her five-year rule, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss said here on Friday. He told reporters that Tamil Nadu was having problems with three neighbouring States in the last five years. "But, how many times did Ms.Jayalalithaa meet the Chief Ministers in a bid to resolve the issues?"

Dam across Palar

He said the PMK, in its election manifesto, had promised to solve the problem arising out of the Andhra Pradesh Government move to construct a dam across the Palar in the Kuppam area. It had sought information from the Andhra Pradesh Government.

"Once we get the required information, the PMK will file a case either in the Madras High Court or the Supreme Court, pleading for a direction to the Andhra Pradesh Government to give up the move."

Lone achievement

Dr. Ramadoss said except achieving an annual turnover of Rs.24,000 crore, including a net profit of Rs.5,000 crore, in the sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor through retail outlets run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government had nothing else to boast of.

He lauded the Centre for its move to raise reservation for the OBC/MBC/SC/ST/minorities to 49.5 per cent in educational institutions run by the HRD Ministry including the IITs, IIMs, NITs, Central universities, deemed universities and self-financing engineering colleges from the next academic year.

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