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Cauvery protests: Over 500 court arrest over Tamil Nadu, DMK backs farmers

DMK leaders who tried to enter the Chennai Egmore station were heard raising slogans against Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for not sending her party MPs and MLAs in the protest.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: September 7, 2016 12:13 pm

Demanding the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as per its prescribed share, a coordination of farmer associations supported by various political parties including DMK staged protests across Tamil Nadu.

The protesters condemned Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s statement that they cannot release water as the farmers in Karnataka are facing a severe water shortage. His statement last week had added that the state would explain the matter before the Supreme Court.

Over 500 protests have been courted arrests across Tamil Nadu till 11.30 am including some 150 farmers in Nagapattinam who were arrested for blocking National Highway and over 350 in Trichy and Chennai after they tried to enter Chennai Elmore railway station, Tambaram railway station in the city suburbs and Trichy railway station.

DMK leaders who tried to enter the Chennai Egmore station were heard raising slogans against Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for not sending her party MPs and MLAs in the protest.

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After Karnataka ruled out the demand of Tamil Nadu framers to release water, DMK M Karunanidhi demanded the state government to call for an all-party meeting to discuss the matter as Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah did last week.

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  1. ayesha siddiqui
    Aug 30, 2016 at 11:15 am
    water is national resource, it shud be shared as much needed , engineers can monitor fair distribution
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      NArayan
      Aug 30, 2016 at 11:27 am
      unfortunately its always a political decision... Modi now wants amma's suport, so he'll favour TN...else TN will not p GST...
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        sunny
        Aug 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm
        Visit Cauvery delta area of TN. They are meticulously follow the Great Karikala Chola time of Irrigation with minor improvement on type of paddy. Back to Karnataka areas receiving hardly 600mm rainfall is adopting crop like Paddy/ Sugarcane.. Net result inadequate water for both States. Argument and counterargument between States help political party to get mileage at the cost of poor frames of the State
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          nandha
          Aug 31, 2016 at 5:09 am
          interlinking of river is only solution but present government remains mute about the issue.
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            sat
            Aug 30, 2016 at 10:20 am
            you folks need to go to Karnataka and check the water levels , rainfall data and inflow data and what %age of that has been released thus far. Also check what the drinking water needs are as well as understand the fact that no water has been released thus far for agriculture in Karnataka this year and they have been told that none will be either. So rather than getting emotional check facts
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