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Cauvery bandh success, over 10 lakh arrested in TN : Stalin


Chennai, The opposition-sponsored bandh in Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue was 'cent per cent' success, DMK Working President M K Stalin said on Thursday. Talking to reporters at a marriage hall, where he was housed following his arrest for staging a road roko agitation as part of the state-wide bandh, he said the Centre was delaying the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) as per the orders of the Supreme Court. Even the state government was subservient to the Centre and was not exerting enough pressure on it to honour the Apex Court order, he alleged. Stating that the bandh was a 'huge success', he said as per the information received by him, more than ten lakh people were arrested across the State for staging rail and road roko stirs. He said the all-party meeting convened by the DMK, scheduled for today, would be held tomorrow to discuss the next course of action on the Cauvery issue. Mr Stalin said the meeting would discuss the modalities of the week long Cauvery Rights Retrieval Rally to be launched on April 7 from Trichy to Cuddalore. Carrying blackk flags, Mr Stalin, along with hundreds of DMK cadres and leaders of other parties, was arrested when he attempted to take out a rally to Marina beach front. He was physically removed by the police and taken to a marriage hall. Apart from Mr Stalin, TNCC President Su Thirunavukkarasar, VCK leader Thol Thirumalavalavan and leaders of other parties were arrested for staging a road roko on the arterial Marina beach road. Mr Stalin thanked the leaders of all political parties, traders, transport employees, labourers, students, youths, women, general public and all organisations for making the bandh a success. He said if the Centre did not set up the CMB and the CWRC even after today's bandh, he would hold discussions with leaders of other parties and decide on the next course of agitation.


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