CPI Calls for Ban on Water Use by Foreign Companies
September 12, 2005

Tiruchirapalli: The Communist Party of India(CPI), a key ally of the DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance(DPA) in Tamil Nadu today said it was in favour of a coalition government in the state.

Addressing a press conference here CPI Tamil Nadu unit secretary T Pandian said the party would make this suggestion to the DPA after discussing it with its fraternal parties.

"It is a genuine idea, hence it must be accepted," he said and added, "however, we cannot impose or insist for it." Mr Pandian further said the concept of coalition government has been very successful at the Centre. And as times are changing, there is nothing wrong in having it in the state also.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the Tamil Nadu government granting permission to the multi-national firm coca cola to tap the water resources of Tamiraparani river for trading through SIPCOT.

It was a wrong act, he said and added the party will not allow Tamiraparani water to be tapped. "Indian water should not be exploited by foreign companies. If they want, let them bring water from United States by ship and do their business here," Mr Pandian added.

He urged the centre to intervene immediately and ban any foreign company from tapping Indian water for trade. Moreover, it will affect the people of Kovilpatti, Sattur and Virudhunagar, as a drinking water project plan was being implemented there, he said.

Mr Pandian said to draw the attention of the Centre and state governments over this issue, CPI will observe a fast on October 2.

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