Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, for the first time, will meet farmers from the state protesting at Jantar Mantar tomorrow, according to official sources. It is learnt the chief minister will advise the farmers to call off their protest when he meets them at 7.30 am. Palaniswami, who arrived in the capital this evening, will also take part in a NITI Aayog meeting along with chief ministers of other states.
It is expected that Palaniswami will be meeting the farmers just before heading to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Grabbing eyeballs with their novel way of protest, Tamil Nadu farmers today drank urine in another desperate bid to draw the Centre’s attention towards their plight.
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The farmers have been demanding a Rs-40,000 crore drought relief package, farm loan waiver and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board by the Centre.
Over the last 39 days, they have shaved their heads and half their moustaches and kept mice and snakes in their mouths, conducted mock funerals, flogged themselves and even carried skulls of other farmers who had committed suicide due to debt pressure.