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.
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.