DMK treasurer and acting president MK Stalin met Tamil Nadu farmers protesting for drought relief fund at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Saturday.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) treasurer and acting president MK Stalin met Tamil Nadu farmers protesting for drought relief fund at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Saturday. Stalin accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central Government and Tamil Nadu government of not being “bothered” about the demands of farmers. In the morning, Stalin reached Jantar Mantar and sat with protesting farmers. After interacting with them, Stalin told reporters that farmers have been continuously protesting in the national capital but the Centre does not seem to be bothered about it. He further targetted the state government of Tamil Nadu and said the chief minister should have come here to find a solution to the problems of poor farmers. However, the CM is giving more importance to RK Nagar constituency bypolls and keeping himself busy in it, he said. Staling assured the farmers of being with them and demanded to convene an all-party meeting on the issue of the drought relief fund. “An all party meeting should be convened on this issue,” said Stalin.
On Friday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also met the protesting farmers and blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for only giving relief to the rich people and not to the poor. He further said that the voices of poor farmers do not reach either the Indian Government or PM Modi. It is the responsibility of the PM to listen to them, added he.
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Earlier on March 29, the Centre had said the coverage of crop insurance was being increased but did not give any assurance on waiving of loans of farmers in drought-hit Tamil Nadu. Responding to the demands of crop loan waiver raised by opposition parties including the Left and the Congress, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had told the Rajya Sabha “the government is absolutely sensitive and seized of the matter.”
As many as 200 persons have committed suicide in the drought-hit state, Trichy Siva (DMK) had claimed earlier.