Support pours in for farmers protesting in Delhi, demand for relief grows
Apart from students, techies and those from the film fraternity, multiple organisations have backed Tamil Nadu farmers protesting in Delhi's Jantar Mantar. The National alliance of People's Movement has now urged the central and the state government to act swiftly on the demands made by the farmers. In a statement, the organisation has hailed efforts by people like director V Gowthaman who spearheaded protests back home in Tamil Nadu in solidarity with the farming community.
Farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting for over a month in Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding loan waiver, setting up of Cauvery water management board, fair price for agricultural produce and drought relief. Despite the peaceful yet novel protests that the farmers are undertaking, neither the state government nor the central government has come forward with a concrete action plan to address their concerns.
The organisation claims that the seed for the farmers' protest was sown during the Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu earlier this year. The National Alliance for People's Movements has been staging protests since March 2017 in support of the farmers. In a press statement, the organisation recalled how protesters numbering in hundreds were driven away by the police every time they tried to assembly to express solidarity with the farming community. The organisation after its successful blockade of the Kathipaara flyover has demanded release of the protesters who were taken into custody and stated that it would continue to rally behind the farmers and fight for their cause.