The Cauvery river sharing issue has reached its boiling point with political parties from both states blaming each other. Few political parties and groups have called for a state-wide bandh in Tamil Nadu on September 16 to show their protest towards attack of properties belonging to Tamil Nadu in Karnataka.
Due to bandh call, normal life will most likely be affected in the whole Tamil Nadu. This is because the bandh is part of a general strike. There are two demands by protestors. First, they want more Cauvery water from Karnataka. The second demand is to stop attacking vehicles and trucks belonging to Tamil Nadu in Karnataka.
Autos will not run during Tamil Nadu bandh
The organizers who are conducting bandh have called for a total shut down of all shops, offices, schools, colleges. Moreover, they also said that auto rickshaws will not enter the roads. However, we found that majority of autos and private taxis have entered the roads.
Film actor Vijaykant to participate in Tamil Nadu bandh
The ruling AIADMK is silent on whether to extend support for the strike. However, all major political parties have extended support to the strike call. Meanwhile, DMDK chief A. Vijaykant will launch a hunger strike along with his part colleagues in Chennai.
Police to prevent any untoward incidents
According to Police sources, all steps have been taken to prevent any kind of untoward incidents. The government will provide enhanced security to organizations owned by Kannadigas.
What will not operate during Tamil Nadu bandh
During the strike period from 6 AM to 6 PM, petrol pumps will not function since the Tamil Nadu Petrol Bunk Association has extended support for the bandh. Moreover, lorry owners and drivers will also participate in the strike call.
According to reports, MTC buses in Chennai and other cities are expected to run on Friday. In the meantime, suburban train services and metro rail services in Chennai will also operate. As per TV reports, few private schools have stared the function despite a strike call by the association.
Nearly 20 lakh shops across the state will remain shut, which includes vegetable markets, wholesale fruit and vegetable markets.