Cauvery: Oppn call for bandh in TN, Governor holds meeting with Chief Secy

DMK leader M K Stalin and other opposition leaders were taken into custody on Sunday while protesting against the Central government for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The protest was staged at Nungambakkam immediately after an all-party meeting at Anna Arivalayam, where it was decided to call for bandh on April 5.

The DMK said in a statement issued here that the Central government had failed to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) as per an apex court order of February 16. The six-week deadline ended March-end.

The parties also decided to organise a ‘Securing Cauvery Rights March’ from the Cauvery Delta region in the state to Raj Bhavan in which leaders of all political parties and the public would participate.

The parties, which decided to block trains on the bandh day, will also hold protest marches across Cauvery delta districts to underscore the state’s rights in the water dispute, and show black flag to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers during their visits to the state.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit held a detailed discussion with Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, DGP Rajendran and Advocate General Vijay Narayanan at Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

While the purpose of Purohit’s meeting is not known officially, it is speculated that it could be to take stock of the Cauvery issue fallout and other protests in the state.