New Delhi: The Hogennakal issue is souring ties between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, but Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is not willing to be blamed for triggering the controversy.
The Chief Minister has been quick in rubbishing allegations that it was his statements which provoked violence against Tamils in Karnataka.
"As a person who has understood me fully well, I am quite sure, you will not believe or even imagine that such provocative words would have been uttered by me," he said.
Karunanidhi has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi saying: "I have not used any harsh language, either publicly or in the Resolution passed unanimously in the State Assembly on the first of April."
He further says: "A Chief Minister of a state cannot keept quiet when in the neighbouring state, buses from Tamil Nadu are burnt, Tamil Cinema houses ransacked and Tamils in that state are kept in constant fear."
He expressed confidence that Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi "would appreciate the just cause for which Tamil Nadu has been fighting within in the democratic and constitutional frame work". A copy of his letter has also been sent to Krishna.
His reaction comes a day after former Karnataka chief minister, S M Krishna wrote to Manmohan Singh on Wednesday alleging that Tamil Nadu CM's use of harsh language incited Kannada activists.
Krishna has also demanded that the Hogennakal Fall Water Project be put on hold till a new government assumes power in Karnataka..
"The new government can protect Karnataka's interests better. The Prime Minister should exert his influence in Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's harsh language were unexpected and it has provoked Kannada activists," Krishna had stated on Wednesday.
(With inputs from agencies)
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