The announcement made by AIADMK, which is facing heat on the matter from arch rival DMK, soon evoked a reaction from the DMK Working President MK Stalin who said the state government has been "enacting drama" on the matter.
AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam made the announcement while attending a mass wedding function organised by the party in Madurai along with party co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Mr Panneerselvam also pointed out, that the six-week deadline given by the Supreme Court to set up the Cauvery Management Board ended yesterday.
"The people of Tamil Nadu and the farmers are expecting an answer from the Centre on the Cauvery issue," Mr Panneerselvam said. "We will reflect the feelings of all the people of Tamil Nadu and our farmers through our hunger strike which will be held from 9 am to 5 pm," he said.
The deputy chief minister said to get Cauvery water for farmers of Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court order, the AIADMK MPs had raised the issue in Parliament for 17 days consecutively.
Parliament proceedings getting affected for 17 days for the problem of one state was "historic", Mr Panneerselvam said.
However, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Mr Stalin hit out at the state government saying the state government "did not have the guts" to condemn the Centre for not having set up the Cauvery Management Board within the stipulated time-frame.
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