Amid opposition to IPL matches in Chennai, Chennai Super Kings are all set to play their first Indian Premier League (IPL) there, after 2015. In view of raging protests over Cauvery issue, the Tamil film industry has observed a silent protest to demand the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board. Tamil film star Rajinikanth has also urged the organizers of IPL to stop conducting the matches there.
Before joining the protest at Valluvarkottam in central Chennai, Rajinikanth spoke to media outside his house yesterday. “It will be nice if IPL is not played this time in Chennai, understanding the plight of the farmers due to severe shortage of water,” the actor-politician spoke to media before heading to the protest.
The superstar further added saying that if the match cannot be cancelled at this stage, then the team players should wear black bands as a mark of expression for the protest and strengthen the voice of farmers.
Rajinikanth said, “The Centre will be subject to the anger of the Tamil people if it does not form the Cauvery management board. If the IPL games in the city cannot be banned, CSK players must at least wear black badges during the matches as a form of protest.”
“The CSK (Chennai Super Kings) franchise should think over the issue and appreciate the fact that the time is not ripe for IPL in Chennai,” Rajinikanth added.
Earlier, even Kamal Haasan opposed conducting IPL matches in Chennai.The president of the Makkal Needhi Maiam party has been voicing his displeasure against the Centre over Cauvery since the protest has been started.
Well, there has been strong opposition by the political groups to conduct IPL matches in Chennai but the matches will be conducted as per schedule. Also, security for IPL beefed up outside M A Chidambaram Stadium.
Besides Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, participants in the protest included Ilaiyaraaja, Vijay, Vishal, Vijay Sethupathi, Dhanush, Karthi, Siva Karthikeyan, Vairamuthu, Lingusamy and several others.