IPL Cricket or Cauvery? TN Demand IPL Boycott Over Cauvery Water Dispute
The Tamil Nadu Cauvery River Water Disputes touch the Indian Premier League (IPL). Police have made huge security arrangements at Chepak Stadium with various political alliances to block IPL matches in Chennai.
Nearly 4,000 police have been defending match between Chennai-Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. Tamil political parties are demanding the central government to re-establish the Cauvery River Board.
The parties are also demanding the cancellation of seven matches in Chennai as part of the IPL. Chennai Superstar Rajinikanth, IPL players playing blackboards wanted to protest. On the other hand, the fans have also called to tell the center of the protest.
Born in Brahmagiri hills in Karnataka, the Cauvery River flows in Tamil Nadu. In addition, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu depend on the Cauvery river waters for cultivation. The Cauvery River Water Board has allotted water to TNCs for over 700 pilgrims from Cauvery this year in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala for 15 years. The controversy erupted after Supreme Court gave 14 more water to the TNCC than the previous allocation.
Veteran film director Bharathiraja said, here that IPL will “divert” the prevailing “awakening” among youth in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue protest. “Tamil Nadu is boiling… we are not saying there is no need for IPL… Please postpone (the matches). IPL will divert the awakening among the youth over the Cauvery issue,” he said.
Yesterday, Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth had said the Centre might face the extreme anger of entire Tamil Nadu if Cauvery Management Board not sets up immediately. He had also expressed over the conduct of IPL matches in the city at this juncture, saying such event would be an embarrassment when the state was agitating over the Cauvery issue.
No Change In IPL Schedule
However, CSK CEO K S Viswanathan said the team’s home matches will go on as per schedule. The city police informed about the schedule and will handle the situation accordingly. More security provided for the players, outside the cricket stadium.