DMK-led opposition bandh over Cauvery begins in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu shutdown

DMK-led opposition bandh over Cauvery begins in Tamil Nadu

On Thursday, a DMK-called shutdown paralysed normal life in Tamil Nadu.

The petitioner claimed that the protests by political parties, traders federations and farmers associations in the state were causing much inconvenience to the public, besides affecting the students.

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a state-wide bandh called by the opposition party DMK along with other parties like Congress, CPI and CPI (M) against the centre government over the Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

However, a day after the court's March 29 deadline for the formulation of a "scheme" passed, the Centre sought a three-month extension, citing the Assembly elections in Karnataka.

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. Protesters also tried to disrupt rail and road traffic.

Bus services between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu resumed after Cauvery Management Board protest ended on Thursday. Heavy police force has been deployed in the state in case of emergency and also to control the situation.

DMK working president MK Stalin was also present at a protest over the issue. Subsequently, the leaders of DMK's alliance partners flanked by Stalin took out a black flag march towards Anna Memorial on Marina before they were stopped by the police.

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 acute scarcity of drinking water. The central government's failure to set up this board has triggered today's shutdown. He said the AIADMK fast is a drama just to show that they too protested for Cauvery water.

DMK held protest demonstrations across Tamil Nadu, in which cadres of its ally Congress and other friendly outfits including Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi participated.

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