The central government has released Rs 1,447.99 crore to Tamil Nadu as financial assistance for drought relief.
"Today we mingled food with the mud".
While AIADMK's A Navaneethakrishnan supported him saying the central government must respond, D Raja (CPI) said the government was insensitive to the plight of Tamil farmers. However, the farmers said they were not allowed to enter and asked to send a representative in.
"As far as TN is concerned, there is heavy drought". The farmers have been demanding that their loans from nationalised banks be forgiven, fair and just prices be set for their produce besides realistic solutions to address water scarcity in the state.
Premalatha Vijayakanth, the wife of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) chief Vijayakanth surprised farmers by joining them in eating off the ground. The farmers claim that the skulls and bones, which they carry along with them belong to fellow farmers, who committed suicide because of the adverse conditions in the state.
These protesting farmers want the Centre to announce a relief package for the farmers.
"This protest is just the start. The government should plan and execute." said 28-year-old Murugesam from Tirunelveli district.
On the 29th day, despairing, they rolled down naked in front of the Prime Ministers office.
According to an Indian Express report, when the the farmers were being escorted out of the PMO building by a police vehicle, one of the farmers jumped out of the van and stripped on the road. The protesting farmers were soon arrested. The protesting farmers are right - and the available data bears it out - that they are facing the worst drought in Tamil Nadu in the last 140 years and their survival is at stake and that the loan waiver is the only way to tide over the immediate crisis. Communist Party of India also condemned the alleged neglect of the farmers' protest in Delhi by the prime minister. "This is not pre-planned", said a youth, who is supporting the cause on behalf of his father back in Tamil Nadu. "This will automatically solve all the problems", says Ayyakannu.