Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Ilaiyaraaja protesting the delay in Cauvery Management Board
Tamil superstar-turned-politician Rajinikanth today protested against the delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board as directed by the Supreme Court. Kamal Haasan, who has also entered politics recently and floated his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, has also joined the protests.
said conducting IPL matches in the state, which is on the boil, is an "embarrassment". He also said that players and spectators should be allowed to sport black bands inside the stadiums in protest.
The protests have also drawn support from other top Tamil actors, including Dhanush, Vijay, Surya, Sathyaraj, Sivakumar, Nassar, Vishal, Karthi, Sivakarthikeyan and Padma Vibhushan awardee and music director Ilaiyaraaja.
Tamil Nadu has witnessed a number of agitations, state-wide shutdown by opposition parties, hunger strike by political parties, arrests of politicians and protests by farmer groups demanding immediate action in the Cauvery issue.
Here are the highlights of the protests against delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board:
"We are not here protesting for someone who has 500 acres of land, we are here to protest for those farmers who have sometimes even less than an acre of land. Please show them as the face of protests, show people their tears and even Karnataka will see their grief," says Rajunikanth.
There is just one thing Tamil Nadu wants - Cauvery Management Board. If this is not formed, the centre will be the reason for Tamil Nadu's anger and unhappiness: Rajinikanth
IPL In Chennai An Embarrassment When Cauvery Protests On: Rajinikanth
Attacking the government which is being blamed by parties across the state for dragging its feet over setting up the Cauvery Board, the 67-year-old actor warned that the centre would earn Tamil Nadu's wrath if the board was not formed on an urgent basis. "There has already been a delay," said the actor, who announced in December that he will launch his political party and contest all 234 seats in the assembly elections.
Supreme Court verdict has clearly asked the centre to form the Cauvery Management Board. But the centre is delaying it: Rajinikanth
The prime minister needs to expedite the Cauvery Management Board. If the board is not constituted, the centre will face the wrath of the people of Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth urged the BCCI to cancel the IPL matches in Chennai. He also said players should be allowed to sport black bands during matches. If not, at least the spectators should be allowed.
Tamil film fraternity comes together in protests over demand for Cauvery Management Board in Chennai.