Farmers from Tamil Nadu who had been protesting at Jantar Mantar, wearing green dhotis and carrying skulls of allegedly other farmers who have committed suicide in the face of what has been reportedly called one of the worst droughts in the states, have temporarily called off their movement.
The decision came after a meeting with Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, who has asked them to give him two days’ time to discuss the matter of writing off their loans with the Reserve Bank of India.
“We are calling off the protest for two days to give the minister the time he requested. Let’s see; we hope he come back bearing good news. Otherwise we may have to die here in Delhi, as we would if we go back home with the loans still due,” said P Ayyakannu.
Rahul Gandhu accused Prime Minister Narendera Modi of negecting teh farmers of the country while helping the rich.
He also stated that Prime Minister has given debt relief to richest people in the country but not to the people (the farmers) who have built this country.
Kanmozhi also met protesting Tamil Nadu farmers.She said her party raised the issue about farmers on various occasions but government has refused to respond so far.
The farmers belonging to Cauvery belt are protesting in Delhi and are demanding a drought relief of 40,000 crore from the Centre , farm loan waiver and setting up a management board of Cauvery.