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PT leader's advice to protesting farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Extending support to the group of farmers protesting in New Delhi, Puthiya Tamizhagam president Dr K Krishnasamy today urged them to give the Centre some more time to decide on their demands.

Farmers belonging to the belt in are protesting in since the second week of March demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre, farm loan waiver and setting up of Management Board.

Since the issue involved policy matters in various sectors, including and environment, the farmers should give more time to the to work on the demands, Krishnasamy told reporters here.

The agitating farmers should come back and discuss the issues, like drought relief, waiver of loans from nationalised banks, linking of rivers both at national and south level with other farmers' association, so that the Centre could get adequate time and a broad idea, he said.

On the all-party meeting convened by leader M K Stalin, he said it would not yield any results as it was going to be dubbed a meeting of opposition parties, as both the ruling parties at the Centre and State were not invited.

The parties, who are fighting for the cause of farmers now should have taken it up during the Jallikattu agitation in January last as it could have helped in getting the ryots' problems solved by the Centre, he said.

Seeking stringent action against the police who laid down conditions to celebrate the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, in areas where members of other communities lived in Ramanathapuram, Krishnasamy said that this amounted to reducing the architect of the Indian Constitution to a mere leader of one community.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 16:02 IST