Agitating TN farmers suspend protest

The Tamil Nadu farmers who had been protesting over drought relief funds and waiver of farmers’ loans suspended their protest till May 25 after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy’s assurance.

“If our demands are not fulfilled we will start our protest again after May 25. If we get train tickets, we will leave today,” said Ayyakanu, an agitating farmer.

Palaniswamy earlier in the day said he discussed the farmers’ issue in the NITI Aayog’s Governing Council meeting and forwarded their demands to the Prime Minister.

“Also asked the Prime Minister to discuss fishermen boats issue during his Sri Lanka visit,” he added.

The farmers have been grabbing headlines for their unique and sometimes bizarre methods of protest since they arrived in Delhi over 38 days ago.

Adorned with human skulls around their necks, the farmers attempted to grab the attention of authorities towards their condition and demands for drought relief package. -AGENCIES

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