The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will hold a hunger strike on April 2 in all districts of Tamil Nadu over the Centre’s failure to set up the Cauvery Management Board, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said on Friday.
On March 19, Panneerselvam had told the Assembly that the state should wait for the top court’s deadline to end on March 29. On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government reportedly decided to file a contempt petition against the central government.
In February, the Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet of Cauvery water per year to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam. So Tamil Nadu will now get 404.25 tmcft of Cauvery water instead of the 419 tmcft allotted by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in 2007.
The Supreme Court had also ordered the Centre to set up a Cauvery Management Board to ensure that its ruling on the allocation of the river water to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is properly implemented.
On March 15, the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government had passed a resolution to ask the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board and a Cauvery Water Monitoring Committee. The Cauvery water sharing dispute has been going on for 22 years now.