We aren’t like this, say TN farmers on Delhi stir

Definitely there are genuine problems, which the farmers are facing, but this is not the way to voice those problems, says leader of farmers’ association

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Shivani Chaturvedi | April 7, 2017 | Chennai


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Tamil Nadu farmers have criticized an agitation at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, which is being led by Ponnuchamy Ayyakkannu from Trichy district.

The agitation had grabbed eyeballs as the protesters have used human skills to highlight the plight of farmers in Tamil Nadu. These skulls, they say, were of farmers who committed suicide in the recent time following the failure of crops and monsoon.
 
The agitation in Delhi has been continuing for the past three weeks. The agitators are demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the centre for Tamil Nadu, farm loan waiver, setting up of the Cauvery management board and the unification of rivers.
 
The farmers association in Tamil Nadu have expressed doubt over Ayyakkannu's claim that he is a farmer. They are also upset over the agitators’ attire, saying that others would be getting the impression that farmers in Tamil Nadu wear only loincloth.
 
S Ranganathan, president of Cauvery delta farmers welfare association, says that what Ayyakkannu and the group is doing is not correct. “This is just for cheap publicity. Definitely there are genuine problems, which the farmers are facing, but this is not the way to voice those problems.”
 

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