The one-day dawn-to-dusk bandh in Tamil Nadu called by farmers’ and traders’ bodies to protest the Cauvery water row began Friday. The bandh is supported by the opposition parties DMK, Congress, MDMK, PMK, TMC, CPI(M), and CPI.
“DMK has decided to support the bandh,” party president M Karunanidhi said in a statement. He urged his party workers to extend “full support” to the protest and participate in good numbers in the bandh, called to protest against the violence targeting Tamils in Karnataka and seek a long-term solution to the water sharing issue.
Ruling AIADMK and trade unions affiliated to it have been non-committal on their participation in the bandh.
Karnataka police have stopped vehicular movement to Tamil Nadu near border areas in Attibele, forcing commuters to walk across the border. The state police in Tamil Nadu has also deployed thousands of personnel to ensure peace even as a youth set himself on fire in Chennai on Wednesday over the water-sharing row.