Refuting media reports, former Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss said that Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has not held talks with any party regarding the electoral alliance.

Addressing media persons in Salem today, Dr.Anbumani Ramdoss said, the reports that PMK has held talks with certain parties regarding electoral alliance was not true. “ Our party always decides about alliance only after the election is announced. The reports in media were baseless and aimed at confusing the voters” he said.

On Mekedatu Dam issue he said that the Center’s clearance for conducting the study on the dam project had a political motive behind it. The Defense Minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s presence in a meeting regarding the project has sent wrong signals to people of Tamilnadu. People have raised questions as to how a Minister from Tamilnadu attends the meeting that was against Tamilnadu’s interest. The Dam Protection Bill empowers states to administer the reservoirs in the state. Even though Tamilnadu can administer the Mullai Periyar Dam, Kerala state can build more dams and stop the flow into Tamilnadu. Hence the bill must be opposed strongly by the Tamilnadu Government.

Stating that the Centre has facilitated private companies to exploit hydrocarbon in the Cauvery delta districts besides government undertakings like ONGC, Dr.Anbumani Ramdoss said that it was a dangerous move that can affect agriculture and lively hood in a big way.

The issue must be opposed strongly by the state government. An assembly session for this issue must be convened and resolution is passed against the bill. The Cauvery Delta must be declared as an agricultural zone, he said.

He further stated that development works should not affect agriculture. In the case of high tension power cable installations, Tamilnadu must emulate Kerala by allowing the installations only along roads and not through agricultural lands. Farmers have been cheated in working out proper compensation, he alleged. Being a weak Tamilnadu government is unable to stop the project affecting agricultural lands he said. He said that he had taken up the issue with Dharmapuri collector several times as it was his constituency which was worst affected by a large number of HT installation

As regards doing away with the electronic voting system, Dr.Anbumani said that in 2011 the PMK filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking revival of the ballot system. BJP and Dr.Subramaniya Swamy also filed cases for the same. L.K.Advani spoke in the parliament about the need to phase out electronic voting system (EVM). But now BJP is opposing revival of the ballot, while Congress wants to have it. This shows that both the parties knew EVMs can be tampered and have done it alleged, Dr.Anbumani.

PMK’s state president G.K.Mani, State Deputy Secretaries, M.Karthic, R.Arul, District President Kathir Rajaratinam were among those present.