Tamil Nadu farmers protesting with dead snakes in their mouth

"But, more farmers and youngsters from our state are on the way to Delhi to support us", said Sadasivam, a protesting farmer.

Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker M Thambidurai urged Tamil Nadu's farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to call off their 15-day agitation. "I request farmers to call of their protest".

However, Ayyakkannu, who is leading the protest, said so far around 64 farmers have been taken to hospital in the last 16 days, and later sent back to their respective villages. The protesting farmers are demanding better drought-relief package, as the relief package announced by the government hardly covers their losses.

Suffering the worst drought in 140 years, the Tamil Nadu government had written to the Centre seeking Rs 39,565 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund towards mitigation measures. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva is expected to accompany the farmers. "It's a risky and very serious situation in Tamil Nadu, so the government should take it up urgently with proper care and proper money should be allotted to resolve this problem", Tamil Nadu Congress' president S. Thirunavukkarasar told ANI.

The farmers delegation headed by P Ayyakannu along with Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan, who offered his support to the farmers at Jantar Mantar in the morning, met the president and submitted a memorandum in this regard. Representatives of the farmers had met Jaitley on March 21 also and put forth their demands.

  • Leroy Wright