IPL Matches Moved Out Of Chennai Amid Cauvery Protests
Indian Premier League matches will be moved out of Chennai, sources said on Wednesday.
Protesters took their protests outside Chennai’s Chidamabaram stadium on Tuesday demanding that IPL matches be halted. Among the protesters were film directors.
Two protesters threw slippers into the ground where the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was ongoing, after which they were arrested. Cauvery protests have escalated in Tamil Nadu recently, with protesters demanding the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Board.
The Supreme Court ordered the central government to set up the two boards in its order on February 16 in the decades old dispute over sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The court’s six-week deadline for the two boards passed without any action on the central government’s part on March 29, evoking protests from Tamil parties.
A Tamil outfit threatened to let loose snakes into the stadium if another match was held at Chepauk.
Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) chief T Velmurugan said “If the IPL match is held on April 20 in Chennai as per schedule, I will hold the snake protest. I will let snakes into the stadium. There is no change in it”.
“Our idea is not to harm anybody, be it players, spectators or the police personnel on duty. We want to scare people away, let there be no cricket match now,” he said, adding that at a time when the state was protesting for its rights, entertainment events such as the IPL was unnecessary.