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Tamil Stars-Turned-Politicians Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Join Cauvery Water Protest In Chennai

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| April 8 , 2018 , 12:24 IST

As the demands for the formation of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) heat up In Tamil Nadu, actors-turned-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan joined the protests in Chennai on Sunday.

Actors Dhanush, Vijay M Nassar and renowned music composer Ilaiyaraaja also joined the protest demanding that the Centre constitute the CMB.

Rajinikanth said, "Center will be responsible for the anger of the people of Tamil Nadu if the board is not formed as ordered by the Supreme Court."

He backed the players of the Chennai Super Kings in their call to wear black badges during the games.

"(Players of the IPL team) Chennai Super Kings should try to wear black badge during the game to send the message across the country," Rajinikanth added.

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Both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan announced their entry into the field of politics earlier this year, but have not mentioned any possible alliance between their respective parties.

Extensive protests have been taking place across Tamil Nadu as well as by the state's MPs in New Delhi during the recently concluded Parliament Session, demanding the immediate establishment of the Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court.

The ruling AIADMK party on April 3 conducted a state-wide 1-day hunger strike demanding the constitution of the CMB, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and deputy CM O Pannerselvam joining the protests as well.

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Tamil Nadu Opposition parties, led by the main DMK along with parties Congress, CPI (M) and CPI, launched a state-wide shutdown or 'Bandh' on April 5, demanding the setting up of the CMB as well. Amidst 'road roko' protests, DMK working president MK Stalin was physically lifted and removed from the protesting site by the police.

The Supreme Court had directed the Centre to set up a Cauvery Management Board to implement water-sharing between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by March 23, however the order has not yet been implemented. Tamil Nadu MPs have been accusing the Centre of delaying the implementation of the apex court's order in view of the impending state elections in Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Karnataka MPs have been protesting in front of Parliament against the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board.