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DMK convenes all-party meet to discuss TN farmer woes

Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has convened an all-party meeting to deliberate the woes of the farmers of drought-hit Tamil Nadu agitating for a crop loan waiver.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked the Centre to hold talks with the agitating farmers.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu farmers continue to protest for drought relief at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

The farmers have been resorting to different ways of protesting, right from bringing skulls of dead farmers to standing nude in front of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to male farmers wearing sarees.

Earlier, Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar and DMK MP Kanimozhi had joined the protesting farmers at the Jantar Mantar.

DMK working president MK Stalin had also met the farmers on April 1 and lashed out at the Centre, saying it seemed to be “unperturbed” by their issues.

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 Tamil Nadu.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) member and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai had earlier this week visited the agitating farmers at the Jantar Mantar and assured them that their grievances would be placed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the earliest.

ANI