Normal life in Tamil Nadu was affected on Thursday following a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led shutdown over the Centre’s failure to set up a Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Protesting the failure of the Centre in forming the CMB, members of the DMK – which is the main opposition party in the state – came out on the streets from Chennai to Coimbatore, waving flags and raising slogans.
Members of the DMK, including leader MK Stalin, along with its allies, gathered on the arterial Anna Salai in Chennai and protested against the setting up the CMB.
The police detained the DMK Working President MK Stalin during the protest in Chennai.
According to media reports, Congress, CPI(M) and CPI have extended their support to the shutdown.
Meanwhile, buses went off the roads, shops were shut and life came to a standstill in Tamil Nadu.
In Chennai, skeletal government buses were moving on the roads, while auto-rickshaws stayed off. But radio taxis were available.
The city is witnessing heavy traffic jam in due to ‘road-roko’ protests and demonstrations by opposition parties.
There were brief protests on the rail tracks in Salem and Tirunelvelli.
In Tirunelvelli, DMK cadres protested in front of a passenger train and but the police managed to disperse them.
In the hosiery town Tiruppur, units were shutdown in support of the strike.
However petrol pumps stayed open and milk supply was not affected.
The Supreme Court on February 16 reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water from 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), which was less than the 192 TMC allocated by a tribunal in 2007. Karnataka’s share of water was increased by 14.75 TMC.
The Centre failed to set up the CMB within six weeks of the apex court’s February 16 order. The deadline ended on March 29.
(With agency inputs)