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Tamil Nadu farmers call off protest till May 25 after chief minister's assurance

Tamil Nadu farmers Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 23, 2017, 01.39 PM (IST)

Tamil Nadu farmers protesting over drought relief funds and waiver of farmers' loans have called off protest till May 25 after the chief minister’s assurance.

"The chief minister and the Union finance minister have the power to take a call on our demands. We have decided to call off the agitation for a period of one month based on the assurances given by our chief minister," farmers' leader Ayyakkannu told reporters.

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However, they have said that they will start protesting again after May 25 if their demands are not met. 

Earlier today, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had urged the farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar to call off their protest and assured them that their demands will be met.

The farmers have been protesting for the last 39 days. 

The protesting farmers have been demanding a Rs 40,000-crore drought relief package, farm loan waiver and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board by the Centre. 

Over the last 39 days, they have shaved their heads, halved their moustaches, held mice and snakes in their mouths, conducted mock funerals, flogged themselves and even carried skulls of other farmers who had committed suicide due to debt pressure.

The protesting farmers yesterday drank their own urine in another desperate bid to draw the government's attention to their plight.

(WION with inputs from ANI)
 

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