CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Farmers Association has announced plans to stage a 'Rail Roko' demonstration on September 19 to address the ongoing Cauvery river water dispute.
During a meeting held on Wednesday, the office bearers of the farmers association passed a resolution regarding the forthcoming protest.
This protest will take place across all the Delta districts of the state, with the aim of exerting pressure on the Central government to engage in talks with Karnataka and secure the release of Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu.
The organization has raised concerns that the Central government exhibits favoritism towards Karnataka in the Cauvery water issue, which they believe is detrimental to the interests of the farming community and the state of Tamil Nadu.
P. R. Pandian, the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, accused the Union Government of consistently siding with Karnataka in the Cauvery water dispute, to the detriment of Tamil Nadu's interests.
Furthermore, the Farmers Association leader pointed out that former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai had escalated protests within Karnataka against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Pandian also highlighted that Union government representatives had lodged allegations against Tamil Nadu regarding Kuruvai paddy cultivation during a meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).
He added that there appeared to be a broader political conspiracy against Tamil Nadu concerning this issue and emphasized that it was the responsibility of the Union Government to implement the directives of the Cauvery Water Management Authority.