Governor's address in Assembly has a request for Centre

The first session of the  Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly for the calendar year 2020 began with the Governor's address.In his speech, Purohit said that the elections to the rural local bodies in 27 districts were completed despite many obstacles. 'The elections in the remaining nine districts and for the urban local bodies will be held shortly,' he said.The Governor said the Central government should ensure the detailed project report for the Mekedatu project submitted by the Karnataka Government is rejected and returned.

'The Karntaka government should be restrained from taking up any construction activity in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka without the prior cosent of Tamilnadu,' he added. He also asked the Central government to constitute a tribunal under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 on the Pennaiyar dispute. 'I compliment Palaniswami for his amicable approach on the Parambikulam Aliyar Project and related issues and his initiative to visit Thriuvananthapuram to hold talks with his Kerala counter-part,' he added. He also said the Union and the Kerala governments should give permission to strengthen Mullaiperiyar dam.  Purohit said the Tamilnadu government will ensure that the interests of all citizens regardless of religion and creed are protected. 'The State government will urge the Central government to provide dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees,' he said. He also sought a solution for fishermen row.