Tamil Nadu

Farmers, fringe outfits threaten to disrupt IPL

Members of the Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi attempting to stage a rail roko at the Coimbatore Railway Junction in this file photo.

Members of the Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi attempting to stage a rail roko at the Coimbatore Railway Junction in this file photo.   | Photo Credit: M_Periasamy

A few political parties and farmers’ organisations on Wednesday threatened to lay siege to the M.A. Chidambaram stadium and disrupt the IPL match scheduled for March 10 — which would mark the return of the CSK to the tournament after a two-year ban — if the Centre did not constitute the Cauvery Management Board.

The threat came from parties including the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi and the Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi (MJK), as well as the Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Federation. The MJK’s Tamimun Ansari went a step further, saying his party’s supporters would hold the players hostage if the match were to go ahead.

‘Cauvery serious issue’

“At a time when the Cauvery issue is raging in Chennai, an IPL match has been scheduled for April 10. This should not take place. If the match goes ahead, MJK members will stop it and capture the IPL players,” he said. At a press conference, T. Velmurugan, president of the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi, said that the supporters and followers of all the organisations which were present at the press meet would buy tickets to the IPL match and exercise their democratic right to protest there.

Separately, P.R. Pandian, coordinator, Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Federation, said the match should be postponed.

Reacting to the threat, R.I. Palani, Joint Secretary, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, told The Hindu that the matches would go on as scheduled. “The police will provide security. The Cauvery issue has been there for years. It will not go away simply because some cricket matches are moved out of the city,” he said.

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