The delay over implementation of the river share award has sparked off protests in Tamil Nadu, and raised the pitch in poll-bound Karnataka.
A host of cinema personalities also wanted the matches to be postponed but an official of IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings (CSK) said the matches will go on as per schedule.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) in compliance with the February 16 order of the Supreme Court on the water sharing dispute with Karnataka.
Political parties and outfits have demanded that Indian Premier League (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) today warned of picketing the MA Chidambaram stadium here tomorrow if the IPL stuck to its Chennai calendar, with the city all set to witness its first contest on Tuesday.
MS Dhoni-led CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), captained by Dinesh Karthik, will lock horns in the first game here tomorrow 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, organisations will participate,” TVK chief T Velmurugan told reporters.
“Cricketers knowing Tamil, please understand our sentiments,” he said.
However issue is not recent one its been more than 50 years and every year issue is an recurring as everyone is gearing up for IPL & the tamilnadu politcal parties want to make use of the chance they are shifting towards IPL so that they can showcase themseleve as if they are really fighting for the cauvery issue.
Cauvery issue is an utmost important for the state but we cannot force by stopping a match in town and ask the people to come out & support even match is switched to some other venue people are going to watch it on TV’s or mobile. If people are really concerned they should ask TN GOVERNMENT / Central Government to look into the issue not the cine stars / cricket players or celebrities to intervene & more over IPL is mixed of people are involved it rather than making others suffer we should see for alternative plan sea water or stop all trains to Bangalore / stop all trading activities between Tamil Nadu & Karnataka then the government will look for quicker closure.
During Jallikattu many of the people said they will not drink Pepsi / Coke but in reality are we really following it? Also we should come up for alternative plan for the cauvery issue.