New Delhi, April 7: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Saturday launched ‘Cauvery Retrieval Walk‘ to demand immediate constitution of Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The walk started from Trichy’s Mukkombu area in Tamil Nadu.
DMK working president M K Stalin was seen heading the walk along with hundreds of protesters. The protesters holding flags raised slogans.
ANI also reported that Tamil Nadu chief minister hold meeting with legal experts and state ministers over court proceedings on Cauvery Management Board. The state government had filed a petition before Supreme Court seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against Centre for not constituting the board within a stipulated period of time.
Earlier, MK Stalin was detained by police on April 1 during a protest against the Modi government for the constitution of Cauvery Management Board. The party has announced to observe a shutdown across Tamil Nadu on April 5 to press for their demand of formation of Cauvery Management Board. It has also sought support from the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
Meanwhile, the AIADMK has announced to hold a hunger strike across the state on April 3 to urge the central government to form CMB. The six-week time frame directed by the Supreme Court to set up a CMB had ended on March 26, after which the state government stated that they would re-approach the apex court.
The Supreme Court had on February 16 pronounced its verdict on the vexed dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The apex court directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu. This reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tmcft from the 192 tmcft allocated by a tribunal in 2007.
Aftermath of Supreme Court Judgment
Incidences of mass protest and demonstrations were reported from both the states following Supreme Court’s order to Karnataka asking to release 15,000 cusecs of water from the Cauvery River to neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. In 2016, the turmoil in Karnataka further worsened when apex court directed Karnataka to yield more water to deficit monsoon. To this, Karnataka said it did not have enough water for farming or drinking and started with mass protests and demonstrations across the state, bringing normal life to a standstill.