Protesting Tamil Nadu farmers meet President
New Delhi, March 28 (PTI): A delegation of Tamil Nadu farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar here, today met President Pranab Mukherjee and put forth their demands, including waiver of farms loans and drought relief package.
The farmers delegation headed by P Ayyakannu along with Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan, who offered his support to the farmers at Jantar Mantar in the morning, met the president and submitted a memorandum in this regard. At Jantar Mantar, Tamil youngsters residing in the national capital thronged to offer support to the farmers besides telecasting their interactions live on social media platforms.
Leaders from Tamil Nadu cutting across the political spectrum had offered their support to the state’s farmers on the 15th day of their protest. Earlier today, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva along with the farmers had met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the issue. The Drought-hit peasants have been protesting in the national capital from March 21 with skulls of farmers who have allegedly committed suicide. They were demanding that the Centre declare a drought relief package and loan waiver for peasants from the southern state. Last Friday, they had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Justice of India demanding his intervention in their protest seeking relief to the drought-hit state.
On March 25, south Indian actors Vishal and Prakash Raj also visited TN farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar and offered their support. Representatives of the farmers had met Jaitley on March 21 also and put forth their demands.