Cauvery issue: TN opposition parties to conduct rail rokho on Oct 17-18, Stalin observes fast

Stalin, along with hundreds of party workers, observed fast today in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, condemning the center government's stand on CMB

An all-party meeting convened by the farmers associations has decided to stop all the train services for 48 hours from October 17 to 18, opposing the Supreme Court verdict to form the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The opposition parties in Tamil Nadu including DMK, MDMK, VCK, Congress and BJP were attended the meeting, which unanimously passed a resolution on this.

“We have passed a resolution to hold a two-day rail blockade through out Tamil Nadu on October 17 and 18,” said PK Deivasigamani, president of Federation of Farmers’ Associations.

“The protest will not be the usual rail rokho when the protesters formally block trains at railway stations and court arrest. The agitations will be held throughout the state in all villages and towns where the trains are operated and farmers will resort to cooking and staying on railway tracks for two days “, Deivasigamani added.

She also added that farmers and political parties will mobilise about 10 lakh people to hold a march towards Raj Bhavan, if the Centre refuses to withdraw its affidavit opposing the Supreme Court judgment to form the CMB.

Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) treasurer and leader of the opposition MK Stalin, along with hundreds of party workers, observed fast today in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, condemning the center government’s stand on CMB. Senior party members were also participated in the fast.

All political parties in Tamil Nadu except BJP had criticized the center government for not comply with the Supreme Court (SC) order, asking it to constitute the CMB. In the past weeks, Tamil Nadu witnessed several protests in various places against the central government.

Stalin said, “DMK would stage a fast on October 7 to condemn the Centre’s stand on setting up the Cauvery water Management Board. And also planning widespread protests in the state.”

The Supreme Court had directed the Karnataka state to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for 6 days from October 1. The SC had also directed Central government to set up the CMB by October 4.

Later, the central government have requested the SC to modify the court order to form the CMB. Attorney general told the court that forming the board is prerogative of parliament so the respectable court cannot ask to constitute the CMB.