Chennai: Mounting pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition government, Tamil Nadu-based ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has called for the imposition of President's rule in Karnataka over the Cauvery water dispute.
Slamming the Karnataka government for "stopping" release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the DMK on Tuesday demanded imposition of Central rule in the neighbouring state so as to "teach a lesson to stone- hearted" regimes on inter-state issues.
"All I request the Prime Minister is, (he) should come to a conclusion on using Article 356 (relating to President's rule) against Karnataka to ensure that the people of both the states uphold integrity and sovereignty in a spirit of brotherhood," DMK president M Karunanidhi said in a statement.
His plea was not motivated by any grudge against those in Karnataka but made "with tears to ensure that grain fields in the state do not turn into graveyards" besides "teaching a lesson to stone-hearted states like Karnataka", Karunanidhi added.
The move, seen largely as a bid by DMK to gain political mileage in Tamil Nadu following a crushing defeat in state elections last year, is expected to escalate the troubles of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition at the Centre.
Following the pullout of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) over a string of economic reforms, the UPA has been on thin ice in terms of claiming a majority in the Parliament.
The Tamil Nadu government meanwhile on Tuesday decided to file a contempt of court petition against Karnataka in the Supreme Court for stopping the release of Cauvery river water from its reservoir to the neighbouring state.
The decision was taken by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during a crucial meeting on Tuesday to review the situation.
"In order to ensure that Tamil Nadu gets its due share of water, the Chief Minister has directed to file a contempt petition against Karntaka government which has unilaterally stopped releasing water, amounting to dishonouring the Supreme Court verdict," read an official release.
Karnataka cited depleted storage and stopped release of Cauvery river water from the Krishna Raja Sagar dam on Monday.
The Supreme Court on Sept 28 slammed Karnataka government for ignoring the PM's orders to release water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.
Last month, the CRA, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily from Sept 20 to Oct 15, but it was ignored by the state.
Karnataka started releasing water since Sept 29.