New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) After their 40-day protest in the national capital earlier this year, farmers from Tamil Nadu today returned to Jantar Mantar for a second round of agitation for loan waiver and a drought-relief package.
“This time we are determined and would even dare to die, instead of being cheated. Rain or sun, our agitation will not stop,” declared P Ayyakkannu, who is spearheading the agitation, as around 50 farmers sat on the Jantar Mantar road shouting slogans.
The farmers, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, were detained by the police after they tried to stage a demonstration near the prime minister’s residence.
They will join an indefinite protest after their counterparts, taking part in a ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’, reach Jantar Mantar tomorrow.
The farmers are demanding loan waivers, setting up of Cauvery Management Board, crop insurance for individual farmers and remunerative prices for their produce.
They had grabbed eyeballs earlier this year with their innovative, and at times increasingly desperate, modes of protest.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.