Tamil Nadu farmers strip outside PMO in protest
The farmers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar from March 15.
The BJP said that they condemned the naked protest and alleged that they were doing it at the behest of the Tamil Nadu government.
The farmers are demanding that the Centre release a drought fund of Rs.39,000 crore as requested by the state, waive off farmer loans and ensure pensions for farmers who can no longer work on the field.
While the rest of the protesters were seen wearing green dhotis, the man enacting the role of PM Modi is seen wearing jeans and a pink shirt.
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A delegation of nine farmers was denied a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The farmers from Tamil Nadu have tonsured their heads, they have tattoed namam (cheated one) on their bodies, they have shed blood by slashing their hands, they have rolled naked, they have sat with begging bowls in their hands, they have carried out mock funerals but--silence! The farmers said that they will take even more extreme measures to get their voices heard. Many farmers have gone back home to Tamil Nadu as they fell sick and many more have joined the protest. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government waived off loans of farmers who owned five-acre of land. "We have no other go, that's why we're running naked", he said. "We provide good food for people all over India, now the Centre has allowed the farmers of TN to mingle the food with mud", P Ayyakannu, leader of the protests, told indianexpress.com.
The peaceful agitation has brought a lot of attention as the farmers are protesting with skulls said to belong to farmers who had committed suicide in the state.
"We condemn the naked protest". The farmers have been reeling under the influences of what has been reportedly called the worst drought faced by the state in 140 years and the cyclone Vardah that hit the state in December last year. "This is a state government issue".
And they are making this demand when the announcement of the loan waiver is the flavour of the season.
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