Tamil Nadu farmers meet K Palaniswami, temporarily call off Chennai protests

Chennai: A group of farmers, who resumed their protest in Chennai on Friday after ending their over a month-long stir in New Delhi pressing for various demands, on Saturday temporarily called off the protest following the assurance from the chief minister that their demands would be met.

File image of the Tamil Nadu farmers protests. Reuters

File image of the Tamil Nadu farmers protests. Reuters

The farmers led by the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association chief P Ayyakannu had staged a protest for 40 days at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi pressing for various demands including comprehensive drought relief.

They withdrew the agitation on 23 April after Chief Minister K Palaniswami met them in New Delhi and promised to fulfil their demands.

However, they resumed an indefinite protest here yesterday alleging Palaniswami had failed to keep his promise given to them.

Ayyakannu met Palaniswami on Saturday and had a brief interaction with him.

After the meeting, Ayyakannu said it was decided to temporarily call off the stir following assurances from the chief minister that the state government would take necessary steps to solve their grievances.

"We have decided to withdraw the protest temporarily as he (Palaniswami) has assured us of looking into our demands. If our demands are not met in two months, we will resume our protests," Ayyakannu told reporters.

The farmers have been demanding loan waiver, a drought-relief package of Rs 40,000 crore and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board among others.

Updated Date: Jun 10, 2017 14:58 PM

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