Puducherry, Oct 25: Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today welcomed the recent ‘all party’ meeting convened by DMK on the Cauvery issue and said its outcome would bring pressure on the Centre and Karnataka government to ensure availability of water to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. “I welcome the DMK initiative… The outcome of the meeting will bring pressure on the Centre and Karnataka governments to ensure availability of water for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry,” he said.

The DMK convened it as the Tamil Nadu government had not convene a joint meeting of leaders of all political parties on the issue, he said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his campaign in Nellithope for the November 19 bypoll, he said the rights of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the Cauvery water issue could not be ignored. The DMK-convened ‘all-party meeting’ earlier today at Chennai and attended largely by its allies, had urged the Tamil Nadu government to immediately convene the Assembly to discuss the matter. (ALSO READ: BJP slams DMK for calling all party meet on Cauvery)

The meeting, chaired by M K Stalin, DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader in the Assembly, was boycotted by AIADMK, BJP and all constituents of the four party People’s Welfare Front, comprising MDMK, CPI(M), CPI and VCK.