New Delhi: Union minister P.Radhakrishnanan on Monday went to Jantar Mantar in order to convince to withdraw scores of protesting farmers from Tamil Nadu in the national capital. Raising their demand of loan waiver and a formation of Cauvery Management Committee these farmers have been on sit on protest.
“Be rest assured that your demand will be taken up by the central government, now I request you to withdraw the protest, five of you come and stay with me at my home. All the rest of you should vacate the place” said the union minister. Earlier in the day six MPs from the AIADMK party including Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai met the farmers
In addition farmers are demanding a Rs-40,000 crore drought relief package from the Centre for Tamil Nadu.
“Unless and until our demands are not met we will continue to protest at the same site, we do trust them but first demands should be met” said P. Ayyakannu who is leading the protest and the state president of South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association.
"Demands of the farmers are synchronous to that of the Tamil Nadu government. So, we will get appointments and make them meet the Union Finance Minister and Water Resources Minister in a day or two," Thambidurai said.
From the left parties CPI National Secretary D Raja and CPI (M) MP T K Rangarajan too visited the farmers and offered their support.