Giving the state government a sigh of relief, Tamil Nadu farmers on Saturday afternoon called off their protest after getting an assurance that their demands will be met within 2 months, reported ANI. However, the farmers have also said that they will restart the protest if their demands are not met within the given time frame.
On Friday, farmers started their protest in Chennai against the government, demanding loan waivers, crop loss compensation, drought relief packages and formulation of a Cauvery management board to resolve their irrigation woes.
President of Desiya Thenninthiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam P Ayyakannu told ANI, “Keep the promise you made, withdraw the case from Supreme Court and give pension to farmers above 60 yrs.”
“We will be here for 32 days and we will continue to sit here if problem is not solved by then. We will expand agitation all over India,” the farmers’ leader added.
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The farmers have accused both Centre and the state governments of not fulfilling their demands. Ayyakannu said, “We condemn the bullets firing at farmers who are backbone of our nation. Soon there will be a nationwide protest and for this we have special meeting on June 16 at Delhi.”
The farmers of Tamil Nadu had earlier withdrew their agitation in New Delhi after CM K Palanisamy promised them that he will take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive the loans and requested them to end their protest. Since the time they arrived in the national capital with an intention of extensive protest, these farmers made headlines for their unique ways of agitation which included eating on roads and even drinking urine.