Opposition leader and DMK president M K Stalin on Sunday demanded that the Centre and state governments scrap the hydrocarbon extraction projects, which he said will turn the delta districts into deserts.
He called on party workers and farmers to participate in larger numbers for a massive protest against the project at five delta districts – Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and of Tiruvarur.
“The BJP-led Central government had recently exempted oil and gas companies from getting environmental clearance. It is very clear that their aim is to turn the Cauvery delta into a hydro carbon extraction zone,”he said.
He said as the Vedanta group was a major contractor in the hydrocarbon project, the ruling AIADMK government would do nothing to stop the project. “It is now all in the hands of DMK workers and other opposition party leaders and workers to stay united and save the Cauvery basin,” Stalin said
Stalin said chief minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra modi on the recent notification of exemptions given to oil and gas companies was merely an eyewash.