Stalin demands emergency assembly session over TN farmers’ issue

Tamil Nadu farmers have been protesting in Delhi against the Centre and the state government for failing to provide relief against drought and the subsequent crop loss.

Published: 19th April 2017 05:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2017 05:12 PM   |  A+A-

MK Stalin-PTI

DMK working president M K Stalin (File | PTI)

By ANI

CHENNAI: : Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin on Wednesday demanded the Tamil Nadu Speaker to convene an emergency assembly session to discuss the farmers’ loan waiver issue.

“We met Tamil Nadu Speaker and demanded an immediate assembly session. We waited to meet chief minister but he did not meet us,” he said.

Tamil Nadu farmers have been protesting in Delhi against the Centre and the state government for failing to provide relief against drought and the subsequent crop loss.

“Today Tamil Nadu farmers are suffering. They are protesting in Delhi, so we want to convene an assembly session to discuss the issue,” Stalin added.

Earlier, the DMK had passed a resolution calling for a state-wide bandh on April 25 in a show of solidarity to the farmers.

The Tamil Nadu High Court directed the government to waive off loans for small farmers.

The over the month-long protest saw farmers resort to innovative acts of protest to draw attention to their problems.

They have been demanding Rs. 40,000 crore assistance from the Centre and waiver of crop loans by the state government.

On April 11, three farmers stripped themselves and protested naked in front of the Prime Minister Office after they were denied permission to meet Narendra Modi.

A delegation of farmers went to submit a petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, spelling out their list of demands.

However, they were prevented by the security personnel to meet him and were later forced to submit it to a lower-level PMO official.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp