Amidst the Tamil Nadu farmers protest taking place in the national capital, the salaries of the TN Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have been raised by 100 pct. According to an India Today report, a Tamil Nadu MLA who received Rs 55,000 as salary will now receive Rs 1.05 lakh. This has sparked outrage on social media and it is being said that on one hand, the farmers of the state are committing suicide due to the lack of money and are demanding loan waivers, on the other hand, the MLAs are giving themselves a big pay hike. The opposition of the state, DMK has refused to comment on the move that has been taken by the ruling state party.
Earlier today Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar joined the Tamil Nadu farmers’ protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. While addressing the media he said, “These poor people are wandering b/w Delhi & Chennai not getting any decent answer so they have come again here.”
Earlier in the week, at least a 100 farmers came back to the national capital for a second protest stint. This time they are being backed by the All India Kisan Sangarsh (AIKS) — the face of which is V M Singh, a Hindi-speaking farmer from Uttar Pradesh, according to an Indian Express report. Within the first 24 hours of their landing, the farmers were detained at Parliament Street police station. On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu farmers attempted to protest outside the residence of Prime Ministe Narendra Modi. While talking about their protest, K Ramasamy, a farmer said, “We were not given food or water. Two people fainted.” The reason behind this protest by the TN farmers is their demand that includes a central drought relief fund, pension for old farmers and profitable prices for agricultural produce.