Cauvery Row: TN opposition parties join rail roko with farmers, leaders court arrest
Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader M.K.Stalin and his party MLAs courted arrest on Monday after participating in the agitation demanding the constitution of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Farmer’s federation of the state has called for 48-hour rail roko starting today, demanding the setting up of CMB and arguing the state government to arrange a special session of Assembly to discuss the matter.
Opposition parties including the DMK have extended their support to the strike and participated in the agitations held in Chennai and the Cauvery delta districts.
Media reports revealed that DMK members led by Mr. Stalin marched towards Perambur Railway Station and indulged in sloganeering against Union and State governments.
Former DMK Minister K.N. Nehru also courted arrest at the Srirangam Railway Station, reports stated. In addition, MDMK chief Vaiko, CPM G.Ramakrishnan and VCK Thol Thirumavalavan were alsoparticipated in rail roko in the state capital.
Federation of Farmers’ Associations, along with political parties including DMK, MDMK, VCK, Congress and BJP, had unanimously passed a resolution in October first week to conduct the rail rook.
The police have also arrested several farmers after they started protesting on the rail tracks. Government officials said that there was no disruption of rail services in the state.
A delegation of DMK leaders had met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday and requested for his intervention in resolving the Cauvery water sharing issue.
The memorandum submitted by the DMK sought a President’s directive to the Water Resources Ministry to constitute the Cauvery Management Board.
Meanwhile,the high-level central technical team, led by central water commission chairman G S Jha, is expected to submit its findings and report to the Supreme Court today.
The technical team had earlier visited Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini dams in Karnataka, Mettur Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu and also held discussions with various officials of the states.