Over 70 farmers detained for marching towards PM residence
By Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 07:42 AM |
NEW DELHI, ERODE: Farmers leader P Ayyakannu and a team of 70 farmers were detained when they tried to march towards the Prime Minister’s residence on Lok Kalyan Marg. They were later taken to Parliament Street Police Station.
The farmers, who caught the attention of the nation with their unique forms of protest earlier this year, are in New Delhi seeking help from the Centre, loan waiver and formation of Cauvery Management Board, besides a host of other demands.
The farmers will be holding demonstrations ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, scheduled to begin on Monday.
“Our demands were not met as promised by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan. So we have decided to resume our protest for another 100 days,” Ayyakannu said.
They will join an indefinite protest after their counterparts taking part in ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’ reached Jantar Mantar here on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the apex court had rebuked the Tamil Nadu government over its handling of farmer suicides and had said that it was the administration’s job to address the problem at the grassroots level and prevent farmers from taking the drastic step.
Meanwhile, in Erode, the Lower Bavani Farmers’ Association said Tamil Nadu should seek an additional 52 TMC of Cauvery water from Karnataka in the SC.