STORY: Hundreds of protesters carried black flags and balloons across the streets of India’s southern Chennai city to condemn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s day-long visit to state as the ongoing dispute over the distribution of Cauvery River water intensified on Thursday (April 12).
Political parties and Tamil outfits have been protesting in Chennai for a week now over delay in constitution of a board by the federal government that would have ensured timely release of water from Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu state from neighbouring Karnataka.
Indian lawmakers and politicians including, Muthuvel Karunanidhi Kanimozhi and Vaiyapuri Gopalsamy joined protesters and raised slogans against the government and slammed Modi, who had arrived to attend the inauguration of an exhibition showcasing the country’s latest weapons and defence manufacturing capabilities.
The water of Cauvery river has been the source of more than a century of tension between the southern states of Karnataka – from where it originates and Tamil Nadu – the basin state. In
2016, an interim Supreme Court order which directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cubic feet of water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu sparked violent protests.