Traffic on key roads in Chennai came to a standstill. Sea of protesters of the DMK and other opposition parties, carrying flags moved towards the Marina beach, breaking police cordons.
Leaders from all political parties, including Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK), Viduthalai Thamizh Puligal Katchi (VTPK) and Social Democratic Party of India and MDMK joined the protests against the Centre over their delay in setting up the CMB.
In the hosiery town of Tiruppur, units were closed in support of the strike and businesses in Erode, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram were also shut.
In neighbouring Puducherry, transport services were affected while three buses belonging to Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation were damaged. The Puducherry government, on Thursday, moved to Supreme Court, with an interlocutory application seeking direction to the Centre to implement Cauvery water verdict immediately. On April 2, the Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately act on the Cauvery issue.
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