After nude protest, Tamil Nadu farmers eat rice off road

Mothers of Manipur-YouTube screenshot

Mothers of Manipur-YouTube screenshot

Set a pension of Rs 5,000 for famers even if they have children and land Waive all kinds of farm loans from nationalised, private and cooperative banks. The protest was the result of farmers being denied permission to meet either the prime minister or higher officials in the PMO which they have been demanding.

The farmers, who have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar since March 14, said they would intensify their stir if a positive view of their problem was not taken soon. He was joined by other protesting farmers.

Once they were escorted out of the PMO building by a police vehicle, one of the farmers jumped out of the van and stripped on the road, shouting out the demands of the farmers.

According to the protesters, a group of nine Tamil Nadu farmers, including their leader P Ayyakannu, had gone to Rashtrapati Bhavan hoping to meet Modi and to submit their list of grievances and demands. "Our naked protest in the reflection of our pathetic state". We have had many politicians come here and promise support. We have nothing else left, " another farmer said.

"We condemn the naked protest". The state is expected to face drought this year too. Actor Nagma visited the protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar to extend her support to the cause. "CPM strongly condemns the refusal of the Union government and prime minister to listen to their demands", said CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan.

Earlier, the farmers had displayed the skulls of the farmers who died apparently due to severe drought in the state. "Instead of resolving the issue, the state government is actually instigating these farmers to protest in Delhi", he alleges.

Last week, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh chose to waive farm loans totalling Rs 36,359 crore benefitting small and marginal farmers in that state.

He said one of representatives of government should meet and talk to them to convince them to end their agitation.

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