Farmers who were holding a dramatic protest in Trichy on Friday in relation with the Cauvery water-sharing issue have been removed from the area by police.
The farmers had buried themselves in sand up till their necks on the banks of the Cauvery river demanding the formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Karnataka has opposed the board's formation while Tamil Nadu has demanded that it be formed immediately to safeguard its interests.
In connection with this, a call has been issued for the IPL to not be held in Chennai while the farmers are in distress.
Republic TV has ascertained from top sources in the IPL administration, however, that the matches will go on.
"Political Parties are creating ruckus on the backdrop of CSK's return and using it as mileage for their own agenda", CSK sources said to Republic TV.
"Even I am a fan of Cricket and support CSK. But in this situation, we need support from all. I am requesting youngsters to please avoid the match and send out a message on the Cauvery issue", said TTV Dhinakaran.
Opposition leaders including DMK's MK Stalin and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran have hit out at the ruling AIADMK which has also protested against the Centre citing a delay in forming the board. However, Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami's opponents have called the AIADMK's protests in Parliament mere eyewash.
Meanwhile, another massive controversy broke out in Chennai over the appointment of Dr MK Surappa as vice-Chancellor of the prestigious Anna University. Stalin has opposed the move on account of the new VC hailing from Karnataka.
(Dr MK Surappa (right) being appointed Anna University Vice Chancellor)
'This is unacceptable and is embarrassing the top educationalists & experts in Tamil Nadu and raises the question that when there are many good candidates here, why should a Karnataka person be appointed as VC?', Stalin said in a statement.
Stalin requested the Governor of Tamil Nadu to not 'Saffronise' the state's universities.
Makkal Needhi Maiam's Kamal Haasan also attacked the Tamil Nadu government over the matter:
The post of Anna University Vice-Chancellor had remained vacant for two years.