Cauvery protests: CM, Dy CM join day-long fast organised by AIADMK

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam on Tuesday joined the day-long fast observed by AIADMK cadres across the state demanding constitution of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Though their names were missing from the list of leaders to participate in the fast, released by the AIADMK, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam arrived at the venue at around 8 am on Tuesday in Chepauk, hardly a kilometre from Fort St George, the seat of power of Tamil Nadu Government.

Top AIADMK leaders, including all ministers, participated in the day-long fast being observed in 31 districts across the state. The day-long fast, held at all district headquarters, aims to exert pressure on the BJP-led government at the Centre to implement the Supreme Court order to set up a scheme to ensure that the award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal is adhered to.

Before ending their fast at around 5.30 pm, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam gave a speech attacking their arch-rival DMK but refrained from attacking the BJP and the Union Government.

Protests on Tuesday intensified as establishments affiliated to an influential traders' body downed their shutters along with those of chemist shops, even as the Opposition DMK continued with its road roko across Tamil Nadu.

AIADMK rebel and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran was arrested in Tiruchirapalli after he along with his supporters and farmers gheraoed the international airport in the city.

Koyamedu Vegetable Market, that provides supplies to the whole of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, wore a deserted look on Tuesday as the vendors too joined the protest.

The day-long bandh called by DMK on Thursday received another boost with ten transport unions pledging their support.

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