- Rajinikanth joined protest against delay in setting up of Cauvery Board
- The superstar warned centre of large-scale protest if board not formed
- He said IPL players, spectators should wear black bands in protest
Before heading to the venue of the protest meet, Rajinikanth told reporters outside his home that holding Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the city was an "embarrassment" at a time when the state was protesting over the Cauvery issue. He also said that IPL players and spectators should be allowed to wear black bands to register their protest.
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.
Stirs, rail blockades, bandh, hunger strike by political parties and agitation by farmer groups demanding immediate action to safeguard Tamil Nadu's interest in the Cauvery waters row have been witnessed across the state.
To draw the centre's attention, a group of farmers in Trichy partially buried themselves in sand on Friday. With garlands around their necks, the farmers battled the blazing sun as they wrapped themselves in the hot sand.
The ruling AIADMK had also called for a hunger strike on Tuesday. "The hunger strike is to condemn the central government for not forming the CMB," the AIADMK said in a statement.
The Supreme Court had on February 16 asked the centre to form the Cauvery board to implement a scheme for sharing water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for 15 years. The centre is yet to form the board -- the deadline to set up the board lapsed on March 29 -- following which Tamil Nadu government filed the contempt petition against the centre. The top court will hear the petition tomorrow.
"We understand Tamil Nadu's problem. We will see that Tamil Nadu gets water, and will solve the issue," a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra said.
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