Cauvery Water Dispute: TN CM, Deputy Take Part In AIADMK's Statewide Hunger-Strike

Cauvery Water Dispute: TN CM, Deputy Take Part In AIADMK's Statewide Hunger-Strike

Cauvery Water Dispute: TN CM, Deputy Take Part In AIADMK's Statewide Hunger-Strike

"We understand Tamil Nadu's problem".

The announcement about the April 3 bandh was made by S Ranganathan, septuagenarian president of Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, P R Pandian of Tamil Nadu All Farmers Association and P Ayyakannu, the controversial farmer leader who staged a streaking in New Delhi previous year.

All ministers and MLAs of the ruling AIADMK, except chief minister E.K. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam, would observe a fast on Tuesday.

"The hunger strike is to condemn the central government for not forming the CMB", the AIADMK said in a statement.

The protest that began at 8 a.m., will conclude at 5 p.m.

Alleging that the Palaniswami-led regime had not done anything for the people of the state, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly said if something needed to be done now, "they should resign from their posts.that will be the only good thing they will be doing for the people". While protests were held in Thanjavur and towns around the district in the Cauvery delta region, rail blockades were staged at various places, including Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Pudukottai.

Police push Tamil activists as they try to gain access to Shastri Bhavan in Chennai on Monday during a protest against the Centre over delay in the implementation of the water-sharing verdict.

Meanwhile, the Centre government on Tuesday mentioned the matter before Supreme Court, seeking clarification about setting up the management board.

AIADMK's arch rival, the DMK, has also called for a bandh on April 5.

The apex court though had reduced the Tamil Nadu's share of Cauvery water, it had allowed it to extract 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin to tackle its pressing need for the drinking water.

The Supreme Court's order of constituting the CMB on the Cauvery dispute ended on March 29.

The meeting also endorsed the DMK's decision to stage black flag demonstration against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the failure of the Centre to constitute the CMB. Led by Stalin, leaders of Congress and VCK parties protested at Valluvar Kottam here. The apex court granted six weeks time to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance with its 465-page judgement, which modified the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award.

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