CHENNAI: Joining the growing chorus for Cauvery Management Board (CMB), the Tamil film industry today jumped into protests by observing a one-day fast at Valluvarkottam in Chennai.
Top film personalities including actor Vishal, general secretary, and Nassar, president of South Indian Film Artists Association respectively, and actor Vijay, his father and noted film maker SA Chandrasekar have participated at the hunger strike.
Actor-turned-politicians Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth joined the protest.
Actor Rajinikanth, when speaking to reporters before starting to join the actors protests said the IPL Chennai Super Kings team must consider wearing a black badge when playing the matches to express Tamil Nadu people's disappointment over the failure of the Union government in forming the Cauvery Management Board.
Closure of polluting Sterlite Cooper plant in Thoothukudi is also a demand raised by the film industry during the stir.
Senior artists including Sivakumar and his sons Surya and Karthi have joined the fast.
The police have made elaborate security arrangements in view of the stir.
The State government will not accept anything less than the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) when the Supreme Court hears its contempt petition against the Centre on Monday, it is learnt.
Sources said CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, while chairing a high-level meeting at the Secretariat on Saturday, advised senior counsel appearing for Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue to “stick to the demand for the CMB and nothing less.”
In its petition filed on March 31, the Centre sought clarification about the ‘scheme’ to be framed for implementing the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and indicated that ‘scheme’ need not be formation of the CMB.
The meeting discussed threadbare the key aspects of the February 16 verdict, in which the Supreme Court clearly mentioned about formation of the CMB. During the deliberations, the counsel felt that the argument of Karnataka for forming a dispute settlement body was meaningless, sources said.
On Thursday, 5 April 2018, Shops in Chennai city remained shut in solidarity with the opposition partys' call for a State wide shut down demanding the setting up the Cauvery Management Board.
The Opposition parties had lead a massive protest march led by DMK working president MK Stalin from Walajah Road to Marina.
Flocked by more than 5000 supporters, Stalin,VCK president Thirumavalavan and State Congress President, S Thirunavukkarasar marched down the stretch raising slogans against the State and Central government.
(with online desk inputs)