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Pro-Tamil parties warn of protests against CSK vs KKR IPL match on April 10

Pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) warned of picketing the stadium if the IPL stuck to its Chennai calendar

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

cauvery row
MK Working President M K Stalin and leaders of various opposition at a protest against the Central government government for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai. Photo: PTI

Opposition to matches to be held in Chennai intensified on Monday with a pro-Tamil outfit agitating over Cauvery issue threatening to hold protests outside the game venue on Tuesday.

The state government, on its part, put the onus on the governing body for conducting the matches.

The board has been apprised of "our sentiments," Fisheries D said.

He said "it would be good" if the BCCI respected the sentiments and not conduct the match here but government would provide all support including security as per laid down guidelines.

The state has been witnessing protests for the past one week urging the Centre to constitute the (CMB).

The first tie in Chennai, between (CSK) and (KKR) is scheduled on Tuesday, but a pro-Tamil outfit warned of picketing the

Political parties and outfits have demanded that (IPL) matches not be held at a time when the state was witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue.

Pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) warned of picketing the stadium  if the stuck to its Chennai calendar.

As per the schedule, the M S Dhoni-led CSK and KKR, captained by Dinesh Karthik, will lock horns at 8 PM.

"If the match is held despite our plea, we will coordinate all democratic forces to stop it by organising a massive picketing protest. Many leaders and organisations will participate," TVK chief T Velmurugan told reporters here.

"Cricketers knowing Tamil, please understand our sentiments," he said.

Later, Velmurugan told that his party or outfits that have joined hands with it were not against the players.

Meanwhile, a group of prominent film actors and directors launched a forum to back Tamils' cause in the state and called for "postponement'" of IPL fixtures in the state.

Veteran Bharathiraja, part of the forum, told reporters here IPL will "divert" the prevailing "awakening" among the youth in over the Cauvery issue.

"is boiling...we are not saying there is no need for IPL.. Please postpone (the matches). IPL will divert the awakening among the youth over Cauvery issue," he said.

However, K S Viswanathan said the team's home matches will go on as per schedule.

The city police has been informed about the schedule and will handle the situation accordingly, he added.

Fisheries said the IPL management only should decide on holding matches..

"The board (BCCI) should decide on whether to conducting IPL (in chennai) or not. We have conveyed our sentiments. Organising the matches here now is a matter to ponder over," the said.

Security has been stepped up for players, even as more personnel have been deployed outside the stadium and the hotel where they are put up.

Yesterday, Tamil 'superstar' had said the Centre might face the wrath of entire if CMB was not set up immediately.

He had also expressed reservations over conduct of IPL matches in the city at this juncture, saying such a gala event would be an embarrassment when the state was agitating over the Cauvery issue.

It would be good if the organisers stopped the matches here, and if not, the CSK team players could wear black bands and play, he had said.

On February 16, the raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.

The court had granted six weeks time to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute, which modified the award of 2007.

The court had also made it clear that it will not be extending time for this on any ground.

The six-week period ended on March 29.

First Published: Mon, April 09 2018. 20:01 IST