Cauvery issue: Tamil Nadu’s Opposition parties to hold statewide shutdown protest on April 5

02 April 2018, 12:15 AM
Cauvery issue: Tamil Nadu’s Opposition parties to hold statewide shutdown protest on April 5 (Source: Twitter)
Cauvery issue: Tamil Nadu’s Opposition parties to hold statewide shutdown protest on April 5 (Source: Twitter)

Major Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are set to stand against the Narendra Modi-led Centre for ‘betraying’ the state on the Cauvery river issue and the Centre’s failure to set up the Cauvery Management Board.

The statewide shutdown will be led by MK Stalin, working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. A meeting of all the Opposition parties, with Stalin in the lead, was held at the DMK headquarters in Chennai on Sunday.

Stalin took to Twitter, and said, “The all-party leaders meeting today decided to hold a massive full-scale blockade on the 5th of the state to secure the right of Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery issue. It should be supported by civilians, youth and businessmen.”

“The Central government had failed to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within six weeks of the apex court's order of 16 February,” DMK said in a statement. The six-week deadline ended on March 29.

The meeting also put forth a point of organising a ‘Securing Cauvery Rights March’ from the Cauvery Delta region in the state to Raj Bhavan. Leaders from various political parties and other professions would join the march.

Stalin added that a ‘black flag demonstration’ will be held condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi whenever he comes to Tamil Nadu for his failure of setting up the Cauvery Management Board.

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He tweeted, “Similarly, the "black flag demonstration" will be held on behalf of all parties, condemning the Prime Minister's denial of the Cauvery Management Board, which does not set up the Cauvery Management Board in view of the Supreme Court verdict in Tamil Nadu.”

The DMK meeting criticised the BJP-led Centre for denying the rights of Tamil Nadu by misusing its powers in the Cauvery issue and including the Karnataka Assembly Elections as the reason. Karnataka, however, does not want to the Cauvery Management Board to be set up.

Speaking to the reporters, Stalin later said that he had requested the traders association to postpone their strike from April 3 to April 5. 

First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2018 07:30 PM
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