In a unique way of protesting, the Tamil Nadu farmers on Saturday drank urine in Delhi to draw government’s attention to their demands. Reacting to the incident, DMK’s acting president MK Stalin urged the farmers to defer their agitation and take part in the April 25 bandh called by the opposition parties in the state in support of the drought-hit farmers. “They (the farmers protesting in Delhi) should take part in the bandh and support the other steps we are to going to take on behalf of all the political parties,” he was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.
“They (the farmers protesting in Delhi) should take part in the bandh and support the other steps we are to going to take on behalf of all the political parties,” he said. Stalin was speaking to the reporters after holding a meeting of leaders of various political parties, including the Congress to discuss the agenda of the proposed bandh. Stalin said a resolution has been adopted urging the farmers to postpone their protest in Delhi.
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Over the last 39 days, the farmers have shaved half of their moustache and head, kept mice and snakes in their mouth, conducted mock funerals, flogged themselves and carried skulls of other farmers, who had committed suicide due to debt pressure. When none of these worked, they finally decided to drink urine on Saturday which was the 40th day of protest even as police tried to stop them.
P Ayyakkannu, who is leading the protest, said: “The Union government is not giving us water. So we are consuming urine.” The protesters had yesterday said they would drink urine if the Centre failed to offer a solution to their problems within a day. On April 10, they had stripped in front of the Prime Minister’s office here to press for their demands. The Congress, the CPI(M), the CPI, the VCK, the MMK and the IUML are among the parties that have pledged support to the bandh.