Tamil Nadu witnessed a dawn-to-dusk bandh over the Cauvery issue, with various politicians, farmers and traders bodies joining the agitation. There were demonstrations, road and rail rokos and protests to voice out indignation against violence targeted against Tamils in Karnataka.
Barring the ruling AIADMK, its allies and trade unions affiliated, all other Opposition parties, including the DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress, DMDK, MDMK, Left parties and the PMK, supported the bandh. Over 15,000 police personnel were on duty to ensure that the protests were peaceful, but many wondered whether the protests led to tangible results. On the other hand, others commended the peaceful nature of the protests. The death of a 24-year-old youth who had set himself on fire over the Cauvery issue also added to the tensions. Here’s how social media reacted to the bandh.
KA trucks and cars in Chennai are being followed by Tamilnadu cops for security. Thanks TN police ✌ #TamilNaduBandh
— Avinav Beloor (@avinavb) September 15, 2016
I support #TamilNaduBandh as much as anyone.We should support to our farmers &people,those who live in karnataka. 90% Of people participates
— Angel D'costa (@SnvVaibhav) September 16, 2016
Its an example of firm protest. Almost all shops are closed and private transportation is abandoned but no harm to public. #TamilNaduBandh
— Er. Soumojit Dey (@djsoumo) September 16, 2016
If shutting down a state for a day solves the water crisis, shut it down for an entire month to resolve all other crises #TamilNaduBandh
— Infidel, Ph.D. (@aimwand) September 16, 2016
— senthil (@Senthil557) September 16, 2016
#TamilNaduBandh Peaceful demonstration all over the state. TN showing how to conduct a peaceful protest. Kudos to TN ppl, police n govt
— மிஸ்டர்.உத்தமன் (@MrUthaman) September 16, 2016
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) September 16, 2016
— Saf. (@RehneDeYar) September 16, 2016
Many applauded the police's efforts to ensure that peace prevailed.
#TamilNaduBandh Over 15,000 police personnell is on duty. A big salute for those who safeguard citizens
— Makhan Singh (@makhanBrar11) September 16, 2016
Deployed 90% police men across #TamilNaduBandh It's called protection & other state govt should learn it from here ,No common ppl affected
— Ravindar (@ravindarmedia) September 16, 2016
Naam Tamizhar Katchi's member's self-immolation caused some discomfort amidst the protests.
Naam Tamil Katchi has officially released pictures of one of its carder setting himself ablaze. What are they trying to do? #TamilNaduBandh
— Shabbir Ahmed (@Ahmedshabbir20) September 16, 2016
It was only natural that people would move to this direction with rampant bandhs these days.
Next Friday let's do - Bandh against Bandhs "Bandh Karo Bandhs" 👊🏻
— Satheesh Kumar (@SatheeshKCP) September 16, 2016