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Rajinikanth Says, IPL In Chennai An Embarrassment When Cauvery Protests On
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan have assembled in Chennai to protest the delay in the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board by the centre.
- Vishabh Saini
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- April 08, 2018 05:08 IST
New Delhi : Superstars-turned-politicians Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and top Tamil actors, including Dhanush, Vijay and Surya among others have assembled in Chennai to protest the delay in the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board by the centre.
Rajinikanth told reporters that holding the IPL matches in the state at a time the state was holding protests to demand constitution of the board was an "embarrassment". He asked that players as well as spectators from Tamil Nadu be allowed to wear black badges to register their protest.
Rajinikanth said the central government would earn Tamil Nadu's wrath if the board isn't constituted on an urgent basis.
The artistes are expected to sit in protest at Chennai's Valluvar Kottam, a popular point for protest meets and demonstrations, till 1 pm. Sathyaraj, Sivakumar, Nassar, Vishal, Karthi and Sivakarthikeyan also joined the protest.
Stirs, rail blockades, bandh, hunger strike by political parties and agitation by farmer groups demanding immediate action to safeguard Tamil Nadu's interest in the Cauvery waters row have been witnessed across the state.
To draw the centre's attention, a group of farmers in Trichy partially buried themselves in sand on Friday. With garlands around their necks, the farmers battled the blazing sun as they wrapped themselves in the hot sand.
Tamil Nadu's main opposition party - the DMK - along with the Congress, CPI(M) and CPI held a day-long bandh in the state. They have been accusing the central government of delaying the constitution of the board as they don't want to upset voters in Karnataka where Assembly elections are due next month.
The ruling AIADMK had also called for a hunger strike on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court had on February 16 asked the centre to form the Cauvery board to implement a scheme for sharing water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for 15 years. The centre is yet to form the board -- the deadline to set up the board lapsed on March 29 -- following which Tamil Nadu government filed the contempt petition against the centre. The top court will hear the petition tomorrow.