MADRAS High Court Madurai Bench has refused to ban the protests being staged by ruling and Opposition political parties in Tamil Nadu over the delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by the Centre. The DMK and its allies, who have also called for a shut down strike on Thursday, continued their protests by blocking suburban trains. Despite this, both the states have been protesting over the issue that has been one of the factors disrupting the working of Rajya Sabha- the others being the Nirav Modi bank fraud, agrarian distress, the order on the SC/ST Act, the anti-draft bill, and special category status for Andhra Pradesh. Workers of different parties will block main roads.
The Centre's decision to seek clarification from the apex court validates the accusation of it using delaying tactics.
With much excitement for the Indian Premier League (IPL) right around the corner, pro-Tamil groups have asked the people in the state of Tamil Nadu to boycott the cricket league. There were reports of brief protests on the rail tracks in Salem and Tirunelvelli areas but the police dispersed protesters.
In January, India's Supreme Court ruled that upriver Karnataka must supply 5 billion kilolitres of water-enough to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools-to Tamil Nadu, and stipulated the creation of a water-sharing oversight board. The parties have been demanding an early setting up of CMB so that water for farmers could be ensured as per the Supreme Court orders. The state is bracing for the strike call by the DMK-led Opposition, which has been supported by others including Opposition-affiliated trade unions.
The matches are expected to be played as scheduled even in the face of stray opposition in Tamil Nadu and elections in Karnataka.
Tamil Nadu Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar, VCK (Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi) chief Thirumavalavan, state secretaries of the CPI (M) and the CPI - K Balakrishnan and R Mutharasan, respectively attended the meeting organised by Stalin on Sunday.
Many police personnel have been deployed along Marina Beach to avoid protests. However, the Centre did not set up any such body within the mandated six-week deadline.