Chennai, June 18: Amidst the rumours of joining politics, film star Rajinikanth on Sunday was reminded about his promise of donating Rs. 1 crore for the interlinking of rivers in South India by the representatives of National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association during a meet at his residence in Poes Garden. In 2002, the superstar made the promise when Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were at loggerheads over the sharing of water of Cauvery river. Judging the forgotten promise, Rajinikanth readily offered the money to the representatives of the Association but they requested him to donate the money directly to the centre.
P Iyyakannu, President of the Association was quoted by The News Minute as saying, “We told him that he should give it to the Centre in order to boost the demand for interlinking of rivers. If somebody of Rajinikanth’s stature insists on interlinking, it would definitely help the cause.”
He expressed hope the help would soon come to them. Iyyakannu said, “We are confident that the superstar will help us. He even spoke to us about the protests that we held in the capital. He asked how we managed in an alien city. He knew about all the forms of agitation we had undertaken,”
The farmers of the Association are demanding the loan waiver by the Tamil Nadu in the districts hit worst by drought this year. Tamil Nadu is hit with the worst drought in last few decades which compelled several farmers to commit suicide. However, the farmers were given relief by the Madras High Court in April this year when it ordered Tamil Nadu and Union government to provide relief to the farmers by waiving loans and restrained banks and cooperatives from receiving dues.