Opposition bandh of Tamil Nadu over, Cauvery issue hits normal life

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Opposition bandh of Tamil Nadu over, Cauvery issue hits normal life.

New Delhi: The Opposition-sponsored bandh in Tamil Nadu, organised to protest Centre’s failure to form Cauvery Management Board, hit normal life in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, said media reports. Normal life was also affected in Pondicherry.

Farmers, businessmen, students, lawyers and film associations have joined Opposition to protest against Modi government’s decision to not form Cauvery Management Board.

The bandh hit public transport service, said the reports. The hotels, shops and the business establishment was also completely shut down.

The main opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), along with Congress, the Communist parties and regional parties, including Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi (VCK) and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), have called for the bandh demanding the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court order.

Media reports said the Supreme Court on February 16 had directed the Centre to set up the authority to control the issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, within six weeks.

The Centre had approached the apex court during at the end of March, seeking some clarification regarding the interpretation of its judgement.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has approached Supreme alleging contempt of court against the Centre for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board, as the lack of action violates the Court’s order. The matter is listed for hearing on April 9.

The opposition parties allege that the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is weak to put pressure on the Centre to form Cauvery Management Board.