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Tamil Nadu wages behaviour battle with Delhi

Chennai, Oct. 2: The Jayalalithaa regime has joined issue with the Centre on what constitutes proper behaviour for a chief minister, reports our special correspondent.

Former chief minister O. Panneerselvam, who now holds the PWD portfolio, is up in arms after Union water resources minister Arjun Charan Sethi said Jayalalithaa’s behaviour on the Cauvery issue was “unbecoming of a chief minister”.

In a reference to the Karnataka chief minister, Panneerselvam wondered whether “wilfully disobeying the Supreme Court’s orders” and those of the Cauvery River Authority to release waters to Tamil Nadu was “becoming of a chief minister”.

Jayalalithaa had only walked out of the Cauvery river authority meeting, he said. This was an established democratic practice, the minister added.

“Both the Prime Minister and Sethi have blatantly sided with Karnataka, which is highly unbecoming behaviour,” Panneerselvam added.

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