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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 Thursday, demanding the immediate setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) as ordered by the Supreme Court. The bandh comes 2 days after Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK conducted a state-wide 1-day hunger strike on the same issue on April 3.
Amidst the protests, DMK and other Opposition members demonstrated 'road-roko' protest, stopping the flow of traffic, while DMK working president MK Stalin was physically lifted and removed from the protesting site.
The DMK-led Opposition parties have accused the central government of delaying the set up of the CMB for electoral gains in the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka next month.
The state-wide bandh was planned during a meeting between DMK's MK Stalin and friendly opposition parties on Sunday, where Stalin appealed to all sections of society, including farmers and traders, to support the state-wide shutdown for the Cauvery cause.
Tamil Nadu Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar, VCK (Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi) chief Thirumavalavan, state secretaries of the CPI (M) and the CPI - K Balakrishnan and R Mutharasan, respectively attended the meeting organised by Stalin on Sunday.
Following the meeting of Opposition leaders, a resolution was passed stating: "Tamil Nadu has been pushed to hold protest demonstrations and agitations seeking to implement the order of the Supreme Court on the Cauvery issue due to the collective negligence of the central and state governments."
In addition, Stalin said that the protest would be expressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet as well during their visit to Tamil Nadu on April 15.
"Black flags will be shown to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet colleagues during their visit to Tamil Nadu. This will be done to condemn them for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board, despite the order of the Supreme Court," said Stalin.
Meanwhile, BJP Karnataka questioned Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the role of Congress in the protests, considering that meeting the demands of the protests would likely result in a reduction of water for Karnataka.
Mr. @RahulGandhi, will you please speak up?— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) April 5, 2018
Your partymen in TN are demanding setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Board.
Kannadigas are tired of your double speak & want to know your stand on setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board.#CongBetraysKannadigas