Tamil Nadu CM, Deputy Join AIADMK's State Wide Hunger Strike Over Cauvery Issue

| April 3 , 2018 , 15:23 IST

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and deputy CM O Pannerselvam on Tuesday joined the state-wide day-long hunger strike called by the ruling AIADMK party, protesting the Centre's delay in forming the Cauvery Water Management Board (CMB).

The participation of the CM and deputy CM came as a surprise as previously the AIADMK had said that all leaders would participate in the fast except for Palaniswami and Pannersevam.

"The hunger strike is to condemn the central government for not forming the CMB," the AIADMK said in a statement.

The Tamil Nadu government claimed that AIADMK workers and supporters in all district headquarters were also on strike and more than 21 lakh shops were closed state-wide.

Meanwhile, AIADMK MPs continued with their protests in Delhi that have been taking place for more than the last 2 weeks demanding the constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board.

In response, the Centre has claimed that the matter has been delayed due to the impending elections in Karnataka, which is also involved in the Cauvery water dispute.

The Tamil Nadu government had also petitioned the Supreme Court regarding the Centre not implementing the apex court's order to set up the Cauvery Board by March 29. In response, the apex court Monday said that it will hear Tamil Nadu's contempt petition against the centre on April 9 for not forming the Cauvery Water Management Board.

"We understand Tamil Nadu's problem. We will see that Tamil Nadu gets water, and will solve the issue," a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said.