Chennai, Apr 5: Tamil Nadu will witness a state-wide bandh, called by the DMK-led opposition parties, on Thursday against Centre’s inability to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The shutdown is expected to hit the normal life in the state hard.

The bandh is being supported by almost all sections of the society. The day-long bandh will be backed by farmers, students, lawyers, traders, trade unions, film associations, milk distributors and others. The interstate bus services between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will also remain disrupted on Thursday.

Here are 10 points explaining Tamil Nadu bandh:

  • DMK-led opposition parties in Tamil Nadu on April 1 called for a state-wide shutdown on Thursday seeking constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by the Centre.
  • DMK Working President MK Stalin, after a meeting with friendly opposition parties in Chennai, sought the support of all sections of society, including farmers and traders, for the bandh.
  • Tamil Nadu Congress president Su Thirunavukkarasar, VCK chief Thirumavalavan, state secretaries of the CPI (M) and the CPI K Balakrishnan and R Mutharasan, respectively, were among the leaders who took part in the meeting.
  • Black flags will be shown to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet colleagues during their Tamil Nadu visit on April 15 to condemn them for not setting up the CMB, despite the order of the Supreme Court, Stalin had said earlier.
  • Tamil Nadu has been pushed to hold protest demonstrations and agitations seeking to implement the order of the top court on the Cauvery issue due to the “collective negligence of the central and state governments”, a resolution adopted at the meeting said.
  • During the day-long bandh, the interstate bus services between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will remain disrupted on Thursday. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has announced it will not operate its daytime buses and will decide on running night services by evening.
  • The main roads in the state will be blocked by different parties whereas, the trains in delta districts will be blocked by the farmers.
  • A “Cauvery Rights Retrieval Yatra,” will be held following the bandh. The rally would see participation of all friendly party leaders. It will begin from the Cauvery Delta region.
  • As claimed by a media report, buses from Tamil Nadu stopped its services at Hosur in Krishnagiri district on Wednesday midnight around 1 AM.
  • Similarly, the buses which already reached across Karnataka have been asked to return to Hosur on or before 4 AM on Thursday.

Notably, the Supreme Court, in its February verdict, had raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery river water. It had granted six weeks to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement, which modified the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal Award. The six-week period ended on March 29.

(Inputs from PTI)