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    Ask Kerala to back off, PM told

    CHENNAI: Expressing concern over reports on vandalism in buses from Tamil Nadu and vicious provocation across the State border over the Mullaiperiyar dam issue, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise Kerala not to precipitate matters in the interest of both the States.The CM, in a letter to the PM on Tuesday, said, “I look forward to your immediate response in this matter.” Jayalalithaa said it had been reported in the media that the government of Kerala continued its shrill pitch and maintained that the Mullaiperiyar dam was not safe and that the only solution would be to construct a new dam in spite of the pending suit in Supreme Court.“Reports of vandalism against Tamil Nadu State transport buses, apart from mischievous and vicious provocation across the State border being indiscriminately indulged in have come to my notice. While a lot of restraint from our side is being exercised, it would be prudent to advise the Government of Kerala to ensure that miscreants refrain from disturbing public order and disrupting normal life,” Jayalalithaa said.Jayalalithaa said that the Kerala government should be advised to desist from this approach and not to escalate the issue when the matter was sub-judice before SC and the empowered committee.