The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will lead a shutdown across Tamil Nadu on April 5 to protest the Centre’s failure to form the Cauvery Management Board, the party’s working President MK Stalin said on Sunday.
Stalin made the announcement after an all-party meeting the DMK had called in Chennai, ANI reported. He also said his party’s cadres will wave black flags when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Chennai. Modi will be in the city on April 11, according to The Indian Express.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has also decided to hold a hunger strike on April 2 in all districts of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu government filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court (SC) of India on Saturday. Palaniswami government has filed a contempt petition in the SC against Central government. The center has also filed a clarification petition over the sensitive issue. Ruling party in Tamil Nadu All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are standing together in the fight with Central Government.
On 16 February, the Supreme Court asked the centre to form the Cauvery board to implement a formula for sharing of water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Tamil Nadu wants the board in place to protect its interests, while Karnataka is not in its favour.
The apex court directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu. This reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75tmcft from the 192tmcft allocated by a tribunal in 2007.