File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Tamil Nadu farmers leader said the move is to urge the BJP to include their demands, including 'profitable prices for farm produce,' in its poll manifesto with a promise of fulfiling the same.
As many as 111 farmers from Tamil Nadu are set to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming general elections from his home constituency, Varanasi.
Tamil Nadu farmers leader P Ayyakannu said on Saturday that 111 farmers from the state will contest against the Prime Minister from Varanasi.
Ayyakannu said the move is to urge the BJP to include their demands, including "profitable prices for farm produce," in its manifesto with a promise of fulfiling the same, adding that the "moment they assure in their manifesto that our demands will be fulfilled, we will drop our decision to contest against Modi."
In the event of that not happening, he said they would go ahead and contest against the Prime Minister.
"We are not against the BJP or our PM Modi. Before assuming power, Modi ji promised to fulfil our demands and assured to double our income.
Even today he is our Prime Minister and the BJP is the ruling party and that is why we are making this demand to them," he told PTI.
Already, he said, he has booked train tickets for 300 farmers to go to Varanasi. Farmers from districts, including Tiruvannamalai and Tiruchirappalli, will reach Varanasi, he added.
In November 2018, farmers led by Ayyakannu had gone to Delhi with two "skulls," to take part in a kisan rally, saying it belonged to their colleagues who had allegedly committed suicide over debt.
Parties like the DMK and the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam have assured full loan waiver, which is also one of the farmers' demands, in their manifestos, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)