The Centre has failed to act upon the Supreme Court’s order to constitute a Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) within the six-week deadline (which ended on 29 March), the DMK has announced protests in Valluvar Kottam in Chennai from 2 April to 4 April.
On 16 February, the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the vexed dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The apex court increased Karnataka’s share by 14.75 tmcft
SC had given the Centre six weeks to act on the judgement to formulate the CWMB.
Around 200 DMK Workers Detained
Around 200 DMK party workers, who have been protesting at Saidapet, Chennai over Cauvery Management Board, were detained on Monday, 2 April.
They plan to continue their protests. After a meeting of all the opposition parties on Sunday, a state-wide bandh was announced.
SC To Hear Petition on 9 April
The Supreme Court will hear the contempt petition filed by Tamil Nadu government regarding the Cauvery Management Board on 9 April.
Farmers organisations and a traders’ body have given a bandh call on 3 April over the Cauvery issue and on the same day, the ruling AIADMK will hold a hunger strike across Tamil Nadu.
Barring Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, all other party leaders would participate, the AIADMK has said.
DMK Calls for a Shutdown on 5 April
MK Stalin, along with other opposition parties, has called for a statewide bandh on 5 April. This is to protests against the Centre’s inaction towards constituting the Cauvery Management Board.
DMK has appealed to all the traders and transport unions to participate in this bandh. Stalin has also said that a “Cauvery Rights Retrieval Yatra,” will be held following the bandh.
DMK has been blaming the Centre and the state government for “collective negligence”.>