File photo of MK Stalin. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
DMK party members held an all-party meeting earlier today to discuss the Cauvery water dispute
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party chief MK Stalin was detained earlier today amid a protest. DMK members were protesting against the Centre over the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
DMK party members held an all-party meeting earlier today to discuss the Cauvery water dispute after which MK Stalin announced a state-wide shutdown to be observed on April 5.
DMK also asked the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to join the protest and press for the constitution of a CMB. AIADMK has already announced to observe fast across Tamil Nadu on April 3 with an aim to urge the government to form the management board.
The six-week time frame directed by the Supreme Court to set up the CMB ended on March 26. The Tamil Nadu government stated that they would re-approach the apex court.
The Supreme Court, on February 16, pronounced its verdict on the dispute that involves Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Supreme Court, in its verdict on the dispute, allotted an additional 14.75 TMC of river water to Karnataka and reduced Tamil Nadu's share from 192 TMC to 177.25 TMC.
States like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala challenged the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) and refused to share Cauvery of their need of water.
(With inputs from agencies)