For the past several weeks, the widespread sense of discontent and disappointment among people of Tamil Nadu, over the non-formation of Cauvery Management Board/scheme, has been gaining momentum. Addressing reporters outside his residence at Poes Garden, TN politics’ recent entrant, actor Rajinikanth expressed that now is not the right time for IPL matches in the state.
“It is an embarrassment if we enjoy IPL during this crucial time. Our team (CSK) should try to wear black badges during the game to send the message across the country, the team owners should also support it,” he said.
Many political groups and farmer associations in Tami Nadu have united to demand that all IPL matches in Chennai be cancelled. While the suspended team returned to the IPL with its first match against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday, CSK’s first home game will be against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 10.
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam chief TTV Dhinakaran have endorsed the idea of boycotting the IPL as well, while DMK's MK Stalin has asked for IPL to take people's sentiment into consideration.
Following state-wide bandh on April 5, the Tamil Nadu Nadigar Sangam has come out in support on Sunday, staging a silent protest at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai. Joining the protestors, Rajinikanth added that people of TN have placed a very just and fair request to the Centre. “Poor farmers are suffering because of this, everyone should support them. If the Centre does not oblige and set up the board, they'll have to face TN people's wrath,” he said.
In what seems to be his longest press-meet thus far, Rajini also answered questions on the appointment of Anna University VC and the ongoing Sterlite issue. Adding that Strelite’s response to him were not satisfactory, he also voiced that any industry that pollutes air, water or land should not be encouraged. “I'm not against setting up of industries, but they should not end up polluting the surroundings.”