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Swaraj Abhiyan president Prashant Bhushan said today he has petitioned the Supreme Court seeking making Tamil Nadu a party to the petition seeking drought relief for peasants of 10 states. Bhushan said this after he extended support to the Tamil Nadu farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar here for the past 38 days. "We have filed a petition seeking the Supreme Court to include Tamil Nadu as a party to the ongoing drought relief PIL that would extend to Tamil Nadu all reliefs granted to 10 other drought-hit states during 2015-16," Bhushan said. The case will come up for hearing on April 26, he added. The Swaraj Abhiyan had in 2015 filed a plea in the apex court seeking drought relief to 10 states. "If extended, reliefs that would be granted include keeping loan repayment in abeyance, payment of crop loss compensation and granting fresh crop loan," he said. He also mentioned that in solidarity with the farmers, Swaraj Abhiyan would conduct a yatra in the drought-affected districts of Tamil Nadu to take up on-spot survey. Early in the day, Delhi Police removed unauthorised enclosures of protesters at Jantar Mantar, exempting that of the Tamil Nadu farmers. "Initially we were told to remove our enclosures.
After producing all documents, we were left undisturbed," said P Ayyakkannu, a farmers' leader. "But we see this as a threat. Such drives were never conducted and there are some political forces who are trying to kick us out of Delhi," he said.
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