Addressing a massive public gathering at Trichy on Wednesday evening, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan launched a scathing attack on the Centre and the state government led by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) over the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
“What the Central government is doing on the CMB issue is a blunder. The Centre and state government are pretending to be sleeping,” he said while warning the two governments of a non-cooperation movement by the people of Tamil Nadu.
“The Centre should not expect cooperation and there would be peaceful non-cooperation from the people of the country if the CMB was not formed,” Haasan said, calling Mahatma Gandhi his inspiration.
The 63-year-old actor-turned-politician also said that he since he never played politics when he was an actor he is not “acting” now that he is in politics.
He also accused other political parties in the state of trying to divert the attention of the people from the main demand – the formation of the CMB.
Haasan pointed out that not a single solution put forward by legal and water resource experts for proper sharing of Cauvery water has been used.
Accusing the state government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami of “hiding behind the Centre”, Haasan rebuffed the day-long hunger strike observed by the ruling AIADMK on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference before the meeting, Haasan had said that the people of Tamil Nadu were “hopeful that the Supreme Court order would be implemented in toto”, which had asked the Centre to constitute the CMB within six weeks.
“The court had unequivocally said that no extension will be granted under any grounds. But today, to our dismay we are witnessing a repeat of what happened in 2016,” he said.
Haasan arrived in Trichy on Tuesday in a train from Chennai meeting supporters on the intermediate stations along the way.