Stalin starts mega rally over Cauvery issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Apr 2018 09:05:50



DMK Working President M K Stalin on Saturday began a mega rally over the Cauvery issue, that will cover the delta regions of Tamil Nadu, seeking immediate setting up of a management board to ensure release of water for farmers.
Days after holding a statewide shutdown steered by his party on the river water issue, Stalin began his rally from the dry river banks of river Cauvery at suburban Mukkombu here, in which tens of hundreds of cadres of DMK and other Opposition parties participated.

State secretaries of the CPI(M) and CPI, K Balakrishnan and R Mutharasan respectively and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan, MMK leader M H Jawahirullah were among those who accompanied Stalin in his Cauvery yatra.
The DMK working chief lambasted the AIADMK regime for allegedly not taking action on the Cauvery issue and recalled his party-led protests and a shutdown on April 5 to bring pressure on the Centre over the matter.

Stalin said the present rally now was in ontinuation of such programmes on the Cauvery issue.
“This rally is not for political reasons. We have to get our rights (on Cauvery) and you (Opposition leaders) have understood this,” Stalin, who successfully brought the Opposition together on the issue against the Central and State Governments, said.

Stirs, including rail blockades, by political parties and other outfits continued on Saturday in several parts of Tamil Nadu.
In Thanjavur, members of the Cauvery Rights Retrieval Association blocked rail traffic, affecting services for some time. Two express trains were stopped by the protesters.

In a different incident, an agitation was staged near the post office by another outfit. Cadres of an ultra Left outfit at Tircuhirapalli held a rally and defaced the Tamil name board of the Hindi Prachar Sabha. They also burnt BJP flags. Farmers and cadres of a pro-Tamil outfit also held a protests. In Chidambaram, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, which is also opposed holding IPL matches, held a “rail-roko” demonstration.