January 24, 2018
Farmers in Tamil Nadu from the delta region are up in arms over the non-availability of Cauvery waters from Karnataka and will be holding a rail roko protest in different places in the region.
Come January28, the farmers in Tami Nadu will stage a rail roko protest against the failure of the state and central government to secure water for irrigation as per the SC order from Karnataka.
MDMK leader Vaiko has come out openly with support for the farmers and said his party will be backing the farmers stir and participate in it. He himself would join the farmers at Thanjavur on January 28, when farmers will be holding day-long protests. Farmers associations have given a call for the protest across various places in Tamil Nadu.
Interestingly the farmers latest protest comes ahead of the Supreme Court’s final verdict expected within a fortnight or so.
Passions run high on this issue as the two states quarrel over river water sharing, especially when the rainfall is deficient in both the two states.
Recently, TN chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami has even accused the centre of keeping a hands off stance, perhaps due to the awaited final order of the Supreme Court. He has written to both the centre and the Karnataka government, but so far, the pleas have not been heard and TN farmers continue to wait for water for their parched fields.
The farmers in Tamil Nadu are somewhat sceptical about the final order as they feel that there was nothing that could be done if Karnataka ignored the order.