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Tamil Nadu farmers protest in Delhi

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It rained heavily in Tamil Nadu and Chennai city marooned under water for so many days. People wished for the rains to stop. But after wreaking havoc and causing damage to Chennai city only did the rains stopped there. That was more than an year back where because of the relief measures taken by the Jayalalitha government helped her come to power making poll pandits eat their words by predicting a win to the Opposition DMK and a loss to the AIADMK. But this year the picture is entirely different. No sign of heavy rains. In fact there was a deficit rainfall of nearly 80%. Easterly monsoon rains between the months of October-December enable the farmers to cultivate their crops. This year the rain gods shied away and no seasonal rains occurred and the shortage of rainfall was estimated at 80%. Even the Madras High Court directed the government to waive off the loans. 

Tamil Nadu government requested the Centre to release Rs 40,000 crore for which the Centre released a meagre Rs 1500 to Rs 4000 Crore package only. Farmers under the leadership of P Ayyakannu, a lawyer-turned farmer was leading a protest at Jantar Mantar for the past one month. Their demands are for farm loan waiver, drought relief package and Cauvey River Management Board by the Centre. They met finance minister Arun Jaitley, President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over their memorandums for immediate action. They are protesting novelly for the past one month by putting around the skulls of dead farmers, eating dead rats and hanging dead snakes around their necks. Their attempt to reach the Prime Minister's Office to meet him and submit their demands was foiled by security forces and when they were taken into the police vehicles suddenly some of them jumped off from the vehicles and stripping off their clothes and started rolling on the roads fully naked. Police immediately whisked and took them into custody. This led to statewide protests in Tamil Nadu where farmers unions and other organisations held protests before collectorates and central government offices.